CT Student Arrested For Faking Campaign Of Anti-Gay Notes

When Alexandra Pennell, a student at Central Connecticut State University, first told classmates she had found anti-gay messages on notes slipped under her door, the campus rallied around her. But by the time she spoke at an anti-hate rally, police were already beginning to doubt the 19-year-old lesbian’s story.

In early March, after Pennell reported the first note, authorities began an intense investigation and installed a video surveillance system to track the perpetrator—but it kept mysteriously getting disabled. After the second malfunction, cops installed a second camera and caught her placing the notes herself.

When first confronted by police, Pennell denied any wrongdoing.

When Lt. Edward Dercole of the CCSU police told her of the second video camera, which captured her sliding one of the notes under her door, she said she had only left one or two of the notes, but she insisted the rest were real. When told the second camera had been recording for a long time, Pennell confessed to planting all the notes, according to the warrant for her arrest.

Pennell told authorities she faked the notes to get more attention from her roommate, Siobhan Dooley. A letter Pennell wrote Dooley stated that Pennell worried her friends were slipping away and she feared losing her girlfriend. In the letter, Pennell also told Dooley she had turned herself in and confessed to authorities, even though she had denied any involvement until police showed her the video evidence.

Pernell has been expelled from CCSU and barred from attending any state university for five years. She also faces eight felony counts of fabricating evidence, misdemeanor charges of lying to police, filing a false police report and making a false statement to police. She was arrested May 2 but pleaded not guilty and is free on her own recognizance. She’s due back in court on July 26.



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  • Christ Goldman

    And now people with REAL harassment problems on this campus are going to go through undue scrutiny and ‘lesbian who cried wolf’ disbelief for a long time. Alexandra Pennell, you have hurt your own cause more than Fred Phelps and Maggie Gallagher could have ever hoped to themselves. Please, Alexandra, crawl back into your dismal little hole and stop caterwauling for the world’s attention.

  • trax

    “Not guilty” WTF?

    Welcome to the new left! Down with conservatives by any means necessary.

    What’s worse than a bigot? —–> Alexandra Pennell

    And this self loathing toad will still try to blame this on hate from the other side… TYPICAL!

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    First off, this was a seriously stupid thing for her to do. Clearly desperate for attention.

    Secondly, she seems to be getting punished very severely. I wonder if an anti-gay bigot had really done this, if they would just get a slap on the wrist–as long as they claim religious freedom.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Her heart was in the right place, but the tactics were manipulative and kind of dumb. How old does a kid have to be before the frontal lobes of the brain are fully developed, 21? It’s a small blip on the radar screen, girl. Go and deceive no more and put all of that passion into our cause legitimately.

  • AFruit4Thought

    @trax: Because she pleaded “not guilty,” this represents the new left? Is this the appropriate place to say, “because trax posted something dumb all conservatives are idiots?”

    @Mr. Enemabag Jones: 1. Totally agree. People with real problems are going to have to work harder to get them resolved because she cried wolf. 2. From my experience at a liberal, private university in NJ…yep. Bigots get a slap on the wrist. It’s anecdotal evidence, sure, but that doesn’t make me feel any better.

  • B

    No. 2 · trax wrote, ““Not guilty” WTF? Welcome to the new left! Down with conservatives by any means necessary.” The “new left” must include James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington as the right to plead “not quilty”, whether guilty or innocent, has been part of the U.S. system of justice since the country was founded, and earlier as well.

    In reality, she’s probably entering a not guilty plea because the D.A. has not yet offered her a plea bargain that’s close to the best one her lawyer thinks she can get. Her lawyer has to do something, after all, to justify those $300 per hour charges or whatever outrageous rates she is paying.

  • GOProudest

    @trax: This story exactly summarizes what’s wrong with the Gay Left.

    The biggest part of their identity is the feeling of victimhood and neediness. Someone did not gave you what you want? Must be a bigot! Nobody paying attention to you? Make up a fake persecution to rally fellow bleeding hearts! Why do anything productive with your life while it is so much fun to wallow in your own misery?!

    People like her and those who defend her criminal behavior give a bad name to the entire LGBT community.

    Shameful, but not surprising at all.

  • Ogre Magi

    What a rotten little liar she is!

  • EvonCook

    @GOProudest: Well, is it just like a “GOPProudest” to inject politics into this situation, where the GAY Right couldn’t be sicker, more brain washed, more hypocritical and generally, like most repubs and pathetic mono-religionists, putting money ahead of their common sense, community or the safety and care of others. I went to school with Terry Dolan, another dumb f*** who helped conservatives against us until he died of AIDS. Don’t know if it is the ultimate closet situation, or a deep self hatred or a desperate desire to be accepted by the enemy, but gay repubs are a true psycho contradictions by definition. This poor, stupid lesbian was more like women who have always held the upper hand in either having life, sex and status all ways, able to exist with out the punitive laws against gays, able to hide their relationships easier or have them accepted, even having them promoted as part of heterosexual arousals and let’s not forget, always able to accuse a man of rape. Pathetic situation, but even stupider as fodder for repubs professed gay or not.

  • GOProudest

    @EvonCook: When you stop writing in run-on sentences maybe we’ll read your nonsense.

  • Gay Bacon

    @GOProudest: Your grammar isn’t spot on either. Who is this GAY LEFT you keep screaming about? You might think that putting a name on views you do not like drives home your point but it really just makes your point moot.

    GLBT Centers on universities should have a meeting or two reminding that stupid stunts like this affect more than just the idiot trying to pull them off.

  • trax

    [“Her heart was in the right place, but the tactics were manipulative and kind of dumb”]
    Right place? Kind of dumb? <—— wrong place! Beyond dumb!
    Had a rightwinger done this many of you would call him/her evil… and it would be held up as an example of what's wrong with conservatives!
    But it's a gay leftwinger…. so we get "her heart was in the right place"… "manipulative"… "and KIND of dumb". JUST KIND OF! LMFAO!
    Lemme guess what's next… poor girl is misunderstood and being bullied by those she tried to frame!
    Social acceptance by any means necessary! [barf]

  • 1equalityUSA

    Rightwingers would have pinned her down with the help of cruel friends and chopped her hair off, then run for president after having signed a heinous NOM pledge.

  • GOProudest

    @1equalityUSA: So why there are no reports of that actually happening? This dumb excuse for a student had “the campus rally around her” on the basis of her criminal lies.

    You need to work harder to justify your outdated myths. Maybe make them up just like her? LOL

  • 1equalityUSA

    And then this fucktard had the nerve to nervously refer to it as a, “prank.” He needs to go back to his spurious cult that has no archaeological nor historical basis and shoot off to the planet Kolob. Perhaps he can strap the dog to the outside of the rocket until he blows diarrhea and vomits. Fucking nut job running for president and you want to pick on a stupid 19 year old girl who is likely emotionally stunted. Big man there, GOP’er. You fit right in to your party’s hate fest. God, BUSH was the WORST PRESIDENT WE EVER HAD and you want a repeat performance with some delusional Mormon, who is so out of touch he can’t relate to the pain he’s caused so many in the name of money and pride. I’m nauseated by you. Go ahead and have your way with the nineteen year old punk in junior college, but Romney is the real liar you should be scrutinizing. Ew. Republicans are so gross! I can’t believe you would vote for this clown. He’s a scary creep and a liar.

  • GOProudest

    @1equalityUSA: The posturing about that Romney prank story is as fake as that pathetic student in the article. So they cut some guy’s hair who was not even out. Big f-ing deal. Obama’s history of childhood troublemaking is a lot worse and no one is blowing it out of proportion.

    Obama is the WORST President in American’s history by the simple metric of multiplying our national debt, undermining our economic liberties and for THE FIRST TIME in history destroying our credit rating.

    But don’t you worry, the recovery starts in November as soon as he is voted out!

  • 1equalityUSA

    In your dreams, bud. The party of “No” will float out to oblivion with their antiquated ideas. Women will assist in this matter. Romney will never be President.

  • GOProudest

    @1equalityUSA: I am not your bud, friend. Practice saying “President Romney”

  • Pedro

    Does anyone here remember the dumb b*tch who scrawled a backwards B onto her own face during the 2008 elections and claimed a big black guy held her down, robbed and sexually assaulted her before carving the B with a knife? Turned out she was just a lying McCain supporter. What about the crazy Christian in Washington state who doused her own face with acid, then claimed some angry black woman threw it from a cup at her while saying some shit like “Hey pretty lady, want a drink?.”? I remember the white, conservative blogosphere going all apeshit over that one, and basically calling on all black women west of the Mississippi to be rounded up and shot!

    Stupidity transcends political ideology or sexual orientation. Some people are stupid enough to do just about anything for attention! And unless I’m missing something, I don’t see where this chick’s political leanings are even mentioned.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Tawana Brawley. That was a long, hot summer. I was living in Manhattan at the time that riots ensued in Brooklyn. The overstuffed fishnet shirt that Al Sharpton wore is forever burned into my memory banks. The part about McCain slips my mind. Dog days of summer, brutal.

  • Chuck

    Wow. Obnoxious.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Chuck, This wasn’t my finest day. I really don’t believe Romney is right for our Country nor our community. What the Mormons did by inserting themselves into California politics and getting Prop H8 passed is still very raw. The NOM pledge that Romney signed pours salt in the wound. I’m sorry that the beast in me arose yesterday. Gay Republicans mystify me. I have assets and I want my money protected, but not at the expense of my freedom. Nobody wanted Romney, but due to the lack of adequate Republican players, he’s their candidate. His own party is queasy and many women are simply disgusted by him. His cruelty says a lot about his potential as a leader. His sect is counterfeit and worldly. His priorities are self-aggrandizing and warped. The things that come out of his mouth are thoughtless. It is horrifying that this shallow, reed in the wind is running for the highest office in the land. It just can’t happen. The Republicans are so hungry for power that they are willing to hurt all of us in order to triumph. It has me questioning whether or not this experiment is still working. The lack of bipartisan cooperation is dragging the system to a halt. Greed is fueling motive. Romney is greedy, and like his cult, worldly and counterfeit. He outsourced his conscience. One hundred and a half Mormons quit the sect this week en masse. People are waking up to the danger of such a nefarious organization. A Romney presidency would be dangerous. Women have had it. LGBT would be taking steps backwards. His “come have some pie with me” face is so disingenuous that it has a visceral effect on people. A leader needs to resonate some sense of truth and principle. Even his own party bad mouths him. McCain flat out, unapologetically called him a liar. They do not respect him. I truly do not see him winning the election. Sorry I lost my temper GOProudest, we just thoroughly disagree. Let’s just leave it at that. Obama is not perfect, but if I had to be on an island with either one of these men, well, you know.

  • GOProudest

    @1equalityUSA: I recommend you seek some professional psychiatric help to deal with your manias and phobias. Honestly, do yourself a favor, you sound so misearable I feel sorry for you.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Projection? I had a beautiful night, a friend made us dinner, we cracked open Stag’s Leap, and we listened to 1920-30’s music Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang until late into the evening. I’d say my life is pretty beautiful. Projection. You seem to need to tell everyone how they are this and they are that and that they missed meds and on and on. I’d say you give up more about yourself with your own words. Sorry I could not accommodate you. I’d have to say that you seem to be the hurtin’ one. Now I’m going to pet a beautiful cat and listen to my lovely spouse snore. The music is off, but it’s still in my head. Good night, GOProudest. I wish you well.

  • GOProudest

    @1equalityUSA: I congratulate you on your mood recovery. Now if you could only lose your hatred for gay republicans and our next President, Mitt, I’d have to say your recovery is complete.

  • 1equalityUSA

    Mormons are infesting this site worse than bedbugs.

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