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Confessed Bucks County killer Cosmo DiNardo was not welcome on his high school campus after an incident last fall, according to a spokesman for Holy Ghost Prep.
DiNardo, a 2015 graduate of the Catholic all-boys school in Bensalem, showed up uninvited to an open house for prospective students and was “being disruptive,” spokesman Bill Doherty said.
DiNardo was escorted off campus. The school then contacted DiNardo’s parents and told them that their son was no longer welcome there, said Doherty, who was not on campus for the open house but had knowledge of the incident.
Doherty said he did not know exactly how DiNardo was being disruptive but said there was no weapon involved. To Doherty’s knowledge, this was the first incident involving DiNardo at Holy Ghost.
After the incident, Doherty said the school also contacted Bensalem police, who have not returned multiple requests for comment made by the Inquirer and Daily News this week regarding the numerous contacts they said they had with DiNardo.
Last fall DiNardo also became a “persona non grata” at Arcadia University, according to a source close to the university.
DiNardo was only enrolled at Arcadia for the fall semester in 2015, a school spokesman said.
A source said he returned to campus in the fall of 2016, seeking to re-enroll. But he had some verbal encounters with members of the university community. Campus police contacted Cheltenham police and the school sent a certified letter to the DiNardo family informing them that he was no longer welcome on campus.
The family accepted that letter, the source said, and DiNardo did not return to campus.
Cheltenham police said Tuesday that they had no police report from that incident.
Sara Dinner, 20, an Arcadia student from Mechanicsburg, told the Inquirer and Daily News this week that DiNardo had pursued her aggressively and made her uncomfortable.
Dinner said she met DiNardo at a country music concert in Camden two summers ago, and immediately he connected with her on social media and became angry when she responded to his barrage of messages by indicating she was not interested in hanging out with him.
They were also in a class together at Arcadia in the fall of 2015.
“I tried to avoid him as much as possible,” Dinner said. But for a commuter, DiNardo was on campus a lot. He often drove a golf cart around, and there were rumors that he sold drugs there at night.
DiNardo continued to comment on Dinner’s Facebook photos after he left Arcadia, writing things such as “sexy.” Facebook was the only social media platform on which she had not already blocked him, she said.
DiNardo also took one class at Bucks County Community College this spring, and one class during the first summer session, which ended June 29, according to spokeswoman Jean Dolan. The college had no record of any complaints or incidents involving DiNardo, Dolan said.
DiNardo confessed Thursday to the murders of Jimi T. Patrick, 19, of Newtown; Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark P. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County. Patrick graduated from Holy Ghost Prep in 2016.
Staff writer Colt Shaw contributed to this article.
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