Ben the Steward was the Dean of Pages in the East Kingdom, and the press coverage of this case has repeatedly mentioned the SCA connection to the alleged crime.
According to the latest Morning Call article, Schragger's face had been injured when he appeared at the preliminary hearing. He has been held in Lehigh County Prison prior to today's hearing.
Friends continue to express surprise at the charges, with one person saying he is "having a hard time believing any of these charges."
In a separate phone conversation with SCAtoday.net, Schragger's attorney, John Walton, said that it will probably be several months before the trial begins.