By Kristin Zachary
Friday, May 10, 2013
An East Carolina University student was arrested on Wednesday after officers learned about a federal arrest warrant charging him with military desertion.
Two ECU officers were on foot patrol about 10:30 p.m. on Greenville’s greenway trail, an area known for marijuana use, officials said. They came upon a man and woman who were in “complete darkness” and off the paved path, according to an arrest report.
Officers asked the two for identification and determined them to be ECU students. The man, Adam Patrick Johnson, 27, was found to have an order for arrest, according to ECU police Lt. Chris Sutton.
Johnson, 1205-A Evans St., had been wanted by the Armed Forces since Oct. 19, 2009, on a warrant out of Kentucky. He is charged with felony military desertion and was booked without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.
The students did not possess contraband or illegal items, Sutton said.
The woman was escorted back to her residence hall at her request. She did nothing wrong, ECU spokeswoman Jeannine Hutson said.
Johnson enrolled at ECU in August and also was a student from August 2003 to May 2006, Hutson said.
ECU admission forms ask applicants if they served in the military and if they received any discharge other than an honorable discharge, Hutson said.
Answering “yes” or leaving the questions unanswered would prompt further review, she said. The university generally does not conduct background checks or search for outstanding warrants if answers are marked as “no.”
Hutson said privacy laws prevented her from providing Johnson’s answers to the questions.
Checking the background history of every applicant would be a “very difficult process,” Sutton said.
“The staffing to do something like that and the length of time it would take — it would make the process extremely lengthy,” he said. “The cost for that would have to trickle down.”
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via The Daily Reflector.