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Suspect charged in anti-gay graffiti

A Stanford student has been charged with vandalism in connection with anti-gay graffiti that was scrawled on the walls and tablecloths of Bollard eating club, police said.

John Jason Lunn, 22, is expected to turn himself into the sheriff's department today in San Jose on a $1,000 arrest warrant, Police Capt. Raoul Niemeyer said. Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu issued the misdemeanor vandalism charge Tuesday.

Two other suspects, a Stanford male student and a University of California-Berkeley female student, were interviewed but not charged because of lack of evidence, Niemeyer said.

Dean of Students Marc Lee Wais declined to comment about the charge because he says his office just received notice about the case on Tuesday. The Judicial Affairs office now will conduct an investigation into whether there has been a violation of the university's Fundamental Standard, he said.

The graffiti, which included phrases such as "Gays should kill themselves" and "Faggots are the downfall of the U.S.," was discovered early on April 7 by a cook arriving at the club, which is located near the golf driving range off Campus Drive. A wall clock was also stolen and boxes of ice cream and coffee were dumped in the club.

Niemeyer said Lunn, a junior and track team member who lives in Governor's Corner, allegedly entered the club looking for something to eat.

Niemeyer said gay-bashing is uncommon on campus, but it does happen.

In 1994, six students were sentenced on misdemeanor and felony vandalism charges for doing $10,000 of damage to the outdoor sculpture Gay Liberation. The six were also subject to the university's student discipline process, the results of which are kept confidential. SR