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Bombshell breaking news: Detective points to athletic trainer for lost evidence (texts)–Collegian bulletin

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Penn State employee and Beta Theta Pi senior residential advisor Tim Bream isn’t being charged in relation to Timothy Piazza’s death.

But his name is being mentioned in court frequently.

During Friday’s preliminary hearing, Karen Muir, the attorney for Braxton Becker, questioned Bream’s role in the alleged coverup following Piazza’s death.

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Becker, who served as Beta Theta Pi’s house manager, is being charged with tampering with evidence. GoPSUSports lists Bream as Director of Athletic Training Services/ Head Football Athletic Trainer.

In one text provided in the grand jury indictment, Becker suggests to Ed Gilmartin that it would be best to start one GroupMe over because members of the chat were acting “retarded posting some of that s*** in there.”

But, Muir argued, Bream — who is believed to have told former brothers to delete texts, as referenced in another chat — was not being similarly reprimanded.

Detective David Scicchitano did agree with Muir’s line of questioning, saying that, in that moment, Bream was “directing” former brothers to delete evidence.

Bream also told Becker to be at the house when detectives and members of the State College Police Department arrived to get video, according to Muir.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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