Lauren Spierer’s who was with the missing 20-year-old the night she disappeared in June showed up in court Thursday morning to settle an illegal drinking case against him.
Corey E. Rossman, 21, a junior from Massachusetts studying real estate finance at the Kelley School of Business, pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of alcohol. He qualified for a pre-trial diversion program that allowed him to pay $400 and complete alcohol education classes in exchange for the conviction’s dismissal in a year.
All he had to pay Thursday was an additional $6 in court costs and a $1 fine, according to court records.
Rossman was arrested last December after police found him intoxicated at 3:14 a.m. at the corner of Eighth Street and College Avenue.
He has taken advantage of Monroe County’s pre-trial diversion program twice before — after an October 2010 arrest for illegal consumption of alcohol and following a 2008 incident in which he was charged with possession of marijuana when he was living on campus at Briscoe Quad.
Rossman was banned from Smallwood Plaza, where Spierer lived, in the aftermath of an incident on Halloween 2010. Police said Rossman and another man tried to enter Smallwood using a credit card.
Rossman was with the missing Spierer at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in the early-morning hours of June 3. The two then walked to the downtown Smallwood Plaza complex, where Rossman apparently got into a fight and was punched. He claims to have no memory of what happened that night and has denied being involved in Spierer’s disappearance.