Oregon State University student Andrew Oswalt, who is facing hate crime charges for allegedly placing racist stickers on cars in Corvallis, has been released from jail on bail. 

Oswalt, 27, was released from the Benton County Jail on Friday after security in the amount of $25,000 was posted for the defendant. At a hearing earlier in the week in the case, Circuit Court Judge Carol Bispham imposed $250,000 security in the case, but generally defendants who post 10 percent of that amount can be released.

Police arrested Oswalt on Tuesday on two counts of first-degree intimidation, a felony hate crime, and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Oswalt and another man who has not been identified are accused of affixing the stickers to cars at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op on June 17. The stickers read "Racism is a horrible disease. You catch it from n-----s." The stickers were placed on cars belonging to members of a group called Showing Up for Racial Justice, which was meeting at the co-op.

As other conditions of Oswalt's release, Judge Bispham  forbade him from having contact with any members of Showing Up for Racial Justice and from having contact with Oregon State University. Bispham also required Oswalt to surrender any firearms in his possession if he were released from jail.

Oswalt is set to appear in Circuit Court at 1 p.m. on Monday for a hearing. 

Steve Clark, a spokesperson for OSU, said he was not able to confirm if Oswalt was still an OSU student due to confidentiality records. 

"We're aware of his release and the requirements of it," Clark said. "Our Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police will be vigilant in adhering to the public safety."

Oswalt is a graduate representative in the Associated Students of Oregon State University's (ASOSU) House of Representatives. He is the subject of a recall vote in the ASOSU election beginning Feb. 12 and ending Feb. 16. If two-thirds of voting OSU students elect to remove Oswalt from office, he will lose his seat as graduate representative in the House of Representatives. Oswalt is also running for re-election for his seat for next school year in the same election, which allows students to vote online until 10 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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