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Sacred Heart Students Mistakenly Face Criminal Charges In Fake ID Raid

Sacred Heart Dean of Students Larry Weilk addresses the issue of underage drinking on April 7 after a bust at a Bridgeport bar. Bridgeport City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons and Police Chief AJ Perez look on.
Sacred Heart Dean of Students Larry Weilk addresses the issue of underage drinking on April 7 after a bust at a Bridgeport bar. Bridgeport City Councilwoman Michelle Lyons and Police Chief AJ Perez look on. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness, File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Over 80 students from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield are now facing misdemeanor charges and criminal records after a mistake involving the tickets they received in an April 5 police raid at the Golden Star Cafe in Bridgeport , the Connecticut Post reported.

But an error by Bridgeport police compounded by a state judicial clerk mistake means the students could be left with criminal records even after each of them paid the $200 fine, the Post said.

The tickets were listed with the wrong infraction violation, which a clerk then changed to a misdemeanor charge, the Post said.

Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez said he did not intend for the students to be sent to court in August and was working to have situation resolved, the Post said.

Bridgeport police raided the bar in the days after a SHU student was raped by a fake Uber driver who brought him home from the Bridgeport bar.

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