Friday, June 08, 2007

TCU Professor Charged for Threats; Said He Would Bring Gun to Campus

The Frat Boy News daily campus police report for Friday:

Texas Christian University
(compiled by Melody McDonald and Andrew Chavez of

The TCU psychology professor charged with making a terroristic threat sent harassing emails and made alarming statements -- including that he would bring a gun onto campus -- to various school officials, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

"Is it possible a sexist could snap and bring an ouzi gun on the TCU campus?" professor Charles Frederick Bond Jr. wrote in an email to numerous TCU employees. "Might he target young women? Might others get in the way?"

Bond, 53, was jailed Friday after TCU police obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was subsequently charged with making a terroristic threat and remains in the Tarrant County Jail without bond pending a hearing on Tuesday.

According to the affidavit, on May 25, Provost Nowell Donovan advised Bond that he was not to make contact with anyone at TCU pending an investigation into his alarming behavior.

In the next two days, Bond sent electronic communications to a number of employees, calling Donovan a "sexist pig," the affidavit states. On May 27, Bond wrote in an email to Darron Turner, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, and Glory Robinson, associate dean of student affairs, that he "would bring a gun to the campus of Texas Christian University."

Bond went on to say that he would also "spit" in Dr. Mauricio Papini's face if he saw him and that it would be "worth spending a night in jail," according tot he affidavit. Papini is a psychology professor.

Several days later, TCU's assistant police chief, J.C. Williams, called Bond and requested that he meet with him and Provost Donovan to discuss his recent behavior and the threats he had made. After Bond refused, Williams told Bond he could not come back onto campus without permission and would face criminal charges if he did return to campus.

On June 1, the affidavit states, Bond sent emails to numerous TCU employees, including the one in which he referenced the Uzi, a submachine gun.

Later that day, Williams called Bond's residence and talked with his wife, who told him that she was not in fear but believed her husband needed professional help.

Williams then talked to Bond, who said the harassment would continue until something was done with Papini. Based on this information, TCU police obtained an arrest warrant and Bond was taken into custody without incident.

Turner, the associate vice chancellor, declined to comment, while messages to Papini and Robinson went unreturned. On Wednesday, Donovan declined to comment.

Bond -- a tenured psychology professor who is an expert in the field of lying and deception -- was scheduled to teach one upper-level class, "Contemporary Topics in Psychology: Psychology and Law," this summer. The status of that class is now in limbo, a university spokeswoman said Thursday.

"As of now the department is trying to determine if they will still offer the class," said Tracy Syler-Jones, a TCU spokeswoman. Bond is currently on administrative leave. He was evaluated by a psychologist Thursday.

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