Duquesne professor enters plea deal over keying cars

Raymond Arke | News Editor

A nationally-recognized Duquesne University marketing professor accused of keying her neighbors’ cars pleaded guilty this week to summary offenses after prosecutors withdrew more serious counts.

Audrey Guskey, 62, of Bridgeville had been facing a felony and two misdemeanors charges after police said she keyed cars over the course of three months. According to Phil DiLucente, Guskey’s attorney, she entered into “a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s office, the victims, as well as the police officer.”

Guskey pleaded guilty to three charges of summary disorderly conduct on Monday. As part of the deal, she had to pay a “small fine” for each of the three charges, DiLucente said.

In addition to the fine, Guskey paid for the damage of the cars to the satisfaction of all involved.

“All the parties left happily and neighborly,” DiLucente said.

Guskey is currently facing a civil case stemming from the same incident for $2,241 that DiLucente says should be resolved shortly.

Mike Manko, spokesman for the District Attorney’s office, could not be reached for comment.

Bridget Fare, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, released the following statement from Duquesne:

“The University has previously expressed its disappointment regarding the conduct and is pleased she has taken responsibility for her actions and that the matter has been resolved.”

Fare confirmed that Guskey remains a tenured professor but declined to say if she faced any discipline from the University.