One of the two men who were last to see Lauren Spierer, a 20-year-old Indiana University student who disappeared on June 3rd, settled an unrelated illegal drinking case Thursday morning. Corey Rossman, 21, was arrested in December 2010 when he was underage, yet was found intoxicated in the early hours of the morning by police. He qualified for a pre-trial diversion program offered by Monroe County that allowed him to pay a $400 fine and complete alcohol education classes in order to get the conviction dismissed after one year. Notably, this is the third time he has taken advantage of this program due to alcohol or marijuana-related charges.
Corey Rossman claims he was punched so hard in the face the night of Lauren Spierer’s disappearance that he has no memory of what happened afterwards. He denies any involvement. Spierer’s parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, have expressed significant suspicion in response to Rossman’s account as well as that of Jay Rosenbaum, who was reportedly the last person to see Spierer alive. Rosenbaum claimed that he allowed Spierer to borrow his cell phone to inform a friend of her location before she began walking home alone, but Robert Spierer stated publicly that he had no reason to believe this. There was no way for the public to know why Lauren Spierer’s parents were so suspicious of Rosenbaum’s and Rossman’s accounts at the time, other than to speculate that perhaps the Spierer family had information from authorities that had not been released to media. With this latest hit to Corey Rossman’s credibility, however, the Spierers’ heavy suspicion is beginning to make at least a bit more senseÂ—six months after Lauren Spierer was last seen alive.