6 Penn State Players Charged Over Off-Campus Fight

Six Penn State football players, including stars Anthony Scirrotto and Justin King, were charged Friday over an off-campus apartment confrontation earlier this month.

Scirrotto, a safety, and Christopher Baker, a defensive tackle, face the most serious counts, including burglary, felony trespassing, harassment and simple assault. King, a cornerback, and three other players face charges including harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police have said they received a report that shortly after midnight on April 1 about 10 men pushed their way into an apartment and assaulted several male partygoers. That clash was apparently connected to a "street confrontation" about an hour earlier, police said.

Residents of the apartment received a letter a few days later that asked them to drop the charges, a university spokesman said. It was signed, "The Voice of the Penn State Student Body."

Scirrotto was the Big Ten's leader last year in interceptions and King was one of coach Joe Paterno's top recruits in 2005.

The other players charged Friday are Jerome A. Hayes, a linebacker; Lydell R. Sargeant, a cornerback; and Tyrell A. Sales, a linebacker considered to be a potential starter.