College Professor Accused of Urinating on Colleague's Door
Tihomir Petrov, a 43-year-old math instructor at California State University, Northridge, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of urinating in a public place, prosecutors said.
Investigators allege the urination violations occurred in December and were a direct result of a dispute Petrov was involved in with another math professor.
College officials set up a hidden camera near the co-worker's door in Santa Susanna Hall after suspicious puddles were found in front of it, the Los Angeles Times reported. The camera captured Petrov in the act of relieving himself, officials said.
"We will not be releasing the surveillance tape as it is evidence in the ongoing trial," university spokeswoman Carmen Ramos-Chandler told The Daily Sundial.
Petrov's attorney, Garret Weinrieb, appeared on behalf of his client in San Fernando Superior Court on Thursday. The defendant was granted a 30-day arraignment extension. His arraignment has been rescheduled for March 3.
"At this point, as in the case of any other criminal matter, we're gathering all the evidence so we can properly evaluate the case and proceed forward from there," Weinrieb told AOL News today. "It's not being treated any differently from any other criminal matter."
Calls to Petrov's office phone went unanswered today, and he did not immediately return e-mails requesting comment.