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Purdue professor on leave after arrest for dealing meth, other charges

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-02 21:29:34-05

LAFAYETTE — A Purdue University professor was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by Lafayette Police.

Police say in December, investigators looked into multiple reported incidents involving a "suspicious male" approaching women.

On Feb. 1, the man was arrested and preliminarily charged with making an unlawful proposition, possession of methamphetamine and dealing methamphetamine.

According to Indiana Code, making an unlawful proposition is defined as "a person who knowingly or intentionally pays, or offers or agrees to pay, money or other property to another person."

WRTV is not naming him because he has not been formally charged.

A Purdue University spokesperson says they are aware of the charges and that professor is on leave and barred from campus.

"The university will cooperate fully with the investigation ... the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is working to ensure that undergraduate and graduate student needs are met regarding lectures and labs," the spokesperson said via email to WRTV. "Purdue police will assist the Lafayette Police Department with the investigation as needed and cannot offer comment."