'Army Veteran' in Air Force Uniform to Get Treatment


UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- An alleged military impersonator who was wearing the wrong uniform when he tried to enter a southwestern Pennsylvania school to talk about Veterans Day will likely receive probation and mental health treatment.

Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Meghann Mikluscak discussed the plea deal after Jonathan Campbell, 23, of Uniontown, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

Campbell showed up unannounced on Nov. 17 -- six days after Veterans Day -- at Laurel Highlands Middle School near Uniontown, state police said.

Campbell claimed to be an Army veteran but was wearing an Air Force uniform and said he was there to speak with students about Veterans Day.

School officials denied Campbell entry and called police.

"His appearance, behavior and showing up unscheduled shed doubt on his claim to be who and what he claimed to be," school district superintendent Jesse Wallace III said.

Campbell declined comment after Monday's court appearance. His public defender didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.

Authorities haven't explained why Campbell pretended to be a veteran.

Mikluscak said Campbell has a history of mental health problems and his case will be disposed of through a new county mental health court. A judge must still approve the tentative plea bargain, she said.

Campbell was in county jail Tuesday, awaiting a plea hearing on charges of impersonating a public servant and disorderly conduct.

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