Edward Jones, a 51-year-old tenured professor at HBCU Alabama A&M University, was arrested and then terminated from his position at the school after video was discovered showing him engaging in oral sex with two A&M students on campus.
AI.com reports that according to court documents, the incriminating videos were found on a school laptop that Jones had at his home. The video shows Jones having oral sex with two male students in 2011 and 2012 and also proves that the incidents took place on campus.
Not a good look for Jones, but the professor believes the videos are not the reason he's really being fired, and his termination is the result of something else entirely.
Jones says the university has been harassing him for years over a lawsuit he filed against the school regarding concerns that the school is mismanaging federal and state funds and "charging students for services it did not provide." Jones filed the 30-page suit under the Alabama Public Employee Whistleblower Act.
The school has released a statement vowing to defend itself against these claims:
“As is plainly evident by the university’s filings, the university is fully committed to defending its decision to terminate this professor,” the statement reads. “The inappropriate conduct exhibited by this former faculty member will not be tolerated on this campus. The university is committed to providing an educational environment that is conducive to learning for our faculty, staff and students. In that vein, the university will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the integrity and interests of the institution.” The statement concludes, "The inappropriate conduct exhibited by this former faculty member will not be tolerated on campus."
(Photo: Huntsville Police Department)
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