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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Boston U. professor, charged with felony identity theft in 2008
Saida Grundy, the controversial incoming Boston University professor who recently apologized for calling white males are a “problem population,” was reportedly charged in 2008 with felony identity theft after she made a fake account for another woman on the adult website Fling.com.
In December 2007, as Ms. Grundy was still attending grad school at the University of Michigan, she created a fake account on the adult website, according to court records obtained by Boston.com. The fake ad depicted a woman who was dating the same man that Ms. Grundy was also involved with.
Ms. Grundy had reportedly obtained the photos of the woman by accessing the man’s email account, Boston.com said.
According to Ann Arbor police, Ms. Grundy said it was a “jealous” act regarding another man.
She was charged in 2008 with felony counts of identity theft and using computers to commit a crime, Boston.com reported. She was also charged with a misdemeanor count of malicious use of a telecommunications service, the report said.
Ms. Grundy eventually pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in exchange for dismissal of the felonies. Her probation ended in June 2009, Boston.com reported.
In a statement to Boston.com, Ms. Grundy said: “When this incident occurred I was 24, and exercised the poor judgment of a heartbroken 24 year old. I took accountability then as I do now. I hold true to the lessons learned, and my life has since moved on.”
The university’s senior vice president of external affairs, Steve Burgay, said Ms. Grundy’s conviction will not affect her employment at the school.
“She admitted the mistake, accepted the consequences, and brought closure to that case,” he said. “Eight years later, we do not see any reason to reopen it.”
Ms. Grundy first made national news this month after tweeting that white, college-aged males are a “problem population.” She is also accused of mercilessly mocking a white rape victim in a series of Facebook exchanges in February.