An Indiana State University (ISU) professor has been arrested on charges of falsely reporting anti-Muslim threats in emails and reporting a physical attack that never occurred, according to authorities.
Azhar Hussain, 56, an assistant professor of aviation technology, was arrested Friday afternoon on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, and a misdemeanor charge of harassment.
He is currently being held at Vigo County Jail with a bond set at $10,000 cash and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Hussain was immediately dismissed from his teaching duties after ISU learned of his outrageous claims.
According to university officials, he is being charged after a series of emails were received on campus containing anti-Muslim messages and threats of potential violence against members of the Muslim community.
The emails were first reported to authorities on March 8 and specifically mentioned Hussain as a target, said the report.
Hussain later reported to officials that he was assaulted on March 24 in the College of Technology, claiming he was attacked from behind and thrown to the floor as he has entered his office.
Police said four people in the vicinity were unable to corroborate his alleged attack, which raised further suspicions among faculty members and investigators.
It was also exposed that around the time of the reported incidents, Hussain was notified he would not be reappointed to his faculty position after the current academic year based on an inability to fulfill the conditions of his original appointment.
“Based upon the investigation, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by becoming a victim of anti-Muslim threats which he had created himself,” says Chief Joseph Newport of the ISU Police Department.
“It is extremely unfortunate that this situation caused undue concern on other members of the ISU community,” said Newport, who added that campus crime alerts were sent university-wide after the first email and the alleged attack.
Investigators on the case tracked the computers from which the emails were sent and uncovered evidence to charge Hussain with sending the emails himself, according to the university news release.
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H/T: Tribune Star
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