Kent State University associate history professor Julio Pino is facing federal charges and has been banned from campus for allegedly trying to persuade students to follow ISIS, Fox News reported.
Pino, a pro-Palestinian Muslim convert, taught Latin History and Third World at KSU since 1992.
Following charges in federal court, Pino was suspended and banned from being on the campus, a Kent State spokesperson told Fox News.
ISIS ON CAMPUS: Kent State University professor, Julio Pino, has been charged with lying to the FBI.
Julio Pino is an ISIS supporter.https://t.co/mHkAEUPoCq#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/BEqAZYZSkX
— ACT for America (@ACTforAmerica) April 25, 2018
Pino has been known as an ISIS supporter and for his strong anti-Israel viewpoints.
In 2016, Pino became the focus of an FBI investigation after allegedly using his power to influence students.
On Monday, Pino was indicted for lying to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Ohio said.
Criminal charges include that Pino was dishonest about conversations he had with a Facebook friend, known as “JE,” who had been arrested for threatening a judge, the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland stated.
Pino had told FBI agents that he didn’t know who “JE” was and had never heard of him.
“It is certainly possible that he could have heard of me and made up this conversation, invented it,” Pino said.
The Facebook friend, who was fighting the courts for custody of his children, and Pino had chatted about killing hundreds of people if JE’s parental rights were terminated.
A KSU statement read: “The University continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice on this matter, and all inquiries about this case should be directed to that office.”