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UPDATE: MSU prof. pleads guilty to a crime

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 10:00:48-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — New information on the MSU professor suspended for sexual harassment.

New information on the MSU professor suspended for sexual harassment.It turns out Robert W. Wiseman is also a criminal.

News Ten confirmed Wiseman pleaded guilty to "Willful neglect of duty" after he was accused of stealing money from his research assistant.

We dug through hundreds of pages of courtroom transcripts that included a testimony from Wiseman's former research assistant who was being paid money from a grant.

She says Wiseman told her she would have to go unpaid when she left for a month to do research in France.

She says Wiseman instructed her not to be taken off the MSU payroll that she could just reimburse the university instead.

But when she got back, she says Wiseman made her write the reimbursement checks directly to him, and he kept the money.

Wiseman was charged with two felonies.

He was able to plead it down to one count of willful neglect of duty and was ordered to return the money.

An MSU spokeswoman tells us the university knew of the guilty plea.

She says Wiseman was punished with a six-week suspension for sexual harassment.

That was handed down after multiple women reported that he made sexual comments and stared at their breasts.

Michigan State does have a policy requiring faculty to inform their superior when charged with a felony or with certain misdemeanors classified as "Serious".

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