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City prosecutor summons BSU student to appear in court for false report

The Boise city prosecutor has filed a summons for a Boise State University student accused of making up an account of an anti-gay assault on the BSU campus.

Authorities announced today that Alex “A.J.” McGillis, 20, of Boise must appear in court on charges of resisting and obstructing officers.

The Boise city prosecutor has filed a summons for a Boise State University student accused of making up an account of an anti-gay assault on the BSU campus.

Authorities announced that Alex “A.J.” McGillis, 20, of Boise must appear in court on charges of resisting and obstructing officers. The charge specifically relates to a false report McGillis made to police Nov. 9 in connection with what was initially reported to police as a battery on the greenbelt somewhere between Taylor Hall and Friendship Bridge.

According to police reports, McGillis initially claimed a white male struck him from behind with an object while using anti-gay expletives and proceeded to hit him in the face several times, causing him to lose consciousness. McGillis later admitted to authorities he used a stick and his own fists to self-inflict his injuries. The falsified attack quickly prompted student and administrative organizations around Boise State to sponsor the “No Oppression Tolerated, Not On Our Campus,” rally and a candlelight vigil on the Quad.

Police stated the information was false more than a month ago, shortly after the alleged incident.

Several student representatives and BSU administrators stressed tolerance and the need for civility on campus at the rallies and for several days after. Hundreds attended the rallies. The prosecutor’s summons ordered McGillis to appear in Magistrate Court no later than Jan. 10.

Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.

Current standing and information about McGillis’ court date on Jan. 10 are unknown at this time.

Drew Mayes