Editor's Note: The story has been updated to reflect that The O'Colly first reported the incident.
An Oklahoma State University associated professor has been accused of stalking a former graduate student. First reported by the OSU student newspaper, The O'Colly, Hugh Crethar, was suspended by the University following the complaint.
According to a release from OSU:
"Oklahoma State University takes allegations of misconduct seriously. Upon receiving this complaint, the University began a Title IX investigation. During the investigation, the faculty member is suspended from duties at OSU. OSU is working closely with the campus police and district attorney’s office.
"The alleged behavior is inconsistent with our ongoing effort to maintain a respectful, safe and inclusive campus. Since this is a personnel matter and there is an ongoing investigation, OSU is unable to comment further."
According to his school biography, Crethar is an Associate Professor and Jacques Flannery Community Counseling Endowed Professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology. He is program coordinator of the CACREP Accredited counseling program. He formerly served as the President of Counselors for Social Justice and was the 2013-14 President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling and Governing Council of ACA.
The misdemeanor charge of stalking was filed Monday in Payne County. According to the court records, Crethar is accused of “unlawfully, willfully, maliciously and repeatedly” harassing a person identified as “J.G.” between March 2016 and November 2016. It alleges J.G. was exposed to “frequent and continual electronic and telephonic communications and personal contacts that included but were not limited to comments, suggestions and proposals that were lewd, lascivious and obscene; said communications increasing in intensity if J.G. ignored or failed to respond to the same; said course of conduct causing J.G. to feel frightened, intimidated, harassed and molested.”
If convicted, the crime is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or a fine of not more than $1,000.