ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ-TV) — Peter Chen, a pc science professor on the College of Michigan, was arraigned Wednesday on one rely of Legal Sexual Conduct within the First Diploma. Court docket information present the alleged sufferer was below 13.
Chen, who was launched on a private recognizance bond from the Washtenaw County Jail, is due again in Ann Arbor’s fifteenth District Court docket Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. for a possible trigger listening to.
In accordance with College spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald, Chen was instantly positioned on administrative go away following his arraignment.
“There is no such thing as a indication that this matter is expounded to Professor Chen’s instructing or analysis at U of M,” Fitzgerald mentioned in a press release.
Chen’s Winter 2021 instructing duties have been re-assigned based on Fitzgerald.
If convicted, Chen may face life behind bars.
The Ann Arbor Police Division is dealing with the investigation.
Chen’s legal professional has launched the next assertion:
“On January 26, 2021 Mr. Chen was made conscious of the legal sexual conduct allegations that had been made in opposition to him. He fully denies the allegations and has cooperated totally with the Ann Arbor Police Division to help them of their investigation. Mr. Chen is assured that the reality will prevail and that he will likely be exonerated totally. Mr. Chen thanks the quite a few individuals who have reached out in help of him over the previous few days.”