Former Northwestern student Anthony Morales pleads not guilty in vandalism case

Madeline Fox, Reporter

Former Northwestern freshman Anthony Morales pled not guilty Wednesday to two dozen criminal charges, including 12 hate crime charges, related to the March 11 vandalism of Alice Millar Chapel

Morales and former NU freshman Matthew Kafker were charged in March with institutional vandalism, hate crime to a place of worship and criminal damage to property, all felonies. They were each released on $50,000 bond March 12.

A grand jury indicted the two men on the 24 criminal charges last month. The criminal charges include four counts of burglary, four counts of institutional vandalism and two counts each of criminal damage and criminal defacement of property in addition to the 12 charges of hate crime to a church, synagogue or place of worship.

University Police found homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and other offensive graffiti inside Alice Millar Chapel on the morning of March 11, including in the chapel’s offices. It included a swastika, drawings of male genitalia and the word “Trump.”

University spokesman Al Cubbage told The Daily last month that Kafker and Morales are no longer enrolled. They were initially placed on interim suspension in March.

Kafker, who was arraigned last week, also pled not guilty. Kafker and Morales will appear together at Skokie Courthouse on June 24, their next court date.

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