• Sellersville man facing charges for ‘disturbing’ voicemails to Quakertown School District
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    Date of publication: Oct. 27, 2017

    By Christian Menno, staff writer

    The Intelligencer and Courier Times

    A Sellersville man allegedly left two “disturbing” voicemails at two Quakertown Community School District schools following a racial incident during a football game at Quakertown High School earlier this month.

    James Styer, 53, faces two charges of harassment by communication, a summary offense, court records show.

    The messages, which were racial in nature, were left anonymously with a blocked number at Trumbauersville Elementary and the high school on Oct. 14, Quakertown police said in an affidavit of probable cause.

    Quakertown police and district officials were able to unblock the number of the incoming call, which was then traced to a social media account linked to Styer, the affidavit said.

    Quakertown Superintendent Bill Harner addressed the charges against Styer in an email.

    “Over the last couple of weeks we’ve received a lot of wide-ranging perspectives and viewpoints as we’ve sought feedback from the community,” Harner said. “But none of them were as disgraceful as this use of racial slurs and foul language.”

    The Oct. 6 football game against Cheltenham brought racial issues to the forefront in Quakertown community. Several middle school students reportedly shouted racial slurs and threw stones at Cheltenham cheerleaders’ bus.

    Styer pleaded guilty to a 1988 harassment charge for which he received a probation sentence, according to court records.

    Court documents also show Styer was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to charges filed in 2013 for harassment and making terroristic threats.