Details are in short supply at this point, but in one of the more bizarre episodes in the recent annals of Kansas higher education, two associate professors at Pittsburg State University have been arrested on breach of privacy and stalking charges.
On Thursday night, the Pittsburg Police Department (PPD) arrested Peter A. Rosen, 47, of Pittsburg, an associate professor and chair of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, on two counts of felony breach of privacy.
According to a release from the PPD, its officers executed a search warrant on Rosen’s home that “pertained to the illegal videoing, and the subsequent dissemination of that video, of another identifiable person who is nude or in the state of undress.” Apparently, the PPD found incriminating items in that search. Rosen has been released on a $5,000 bond.
The PPD also arrested Barry J. Wilson, 39, of Pittsburg, an associate professor and chair of Graphics and Imaging Technology, on charges of misdemeanor stalking allegedly related to the case. He was released on $2,000 bond.
Not surprisingly, Pittsburg State has placed the two profs on administrative leave. “We take these charges very seriously and are actively working with law enforcement,” said Lynette Olson, Provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a press release.
Although Wilson does not have much of a social media presence, Rosen does, and, ironically, it may be the most benign in the short, twisted history of Twitter. On December 7, the day he was arrested, Rosen posted a photo of a sunrise with the caption, “Good morning! Go out and spread some light today.”
On November 13, National Kindness Day, Rosen posted a meme that captured “my life philosophy.” It read, “Don’t wait for people to be kind, show them how.” On Election Day, November 8, 2016, Rosen posted the one word tweet, “Vote.” On the days that followed there was no gloating or gnashing of teeth.
Here is hoping that these gentlemen have been the victims of some terrible misunderstanding. If not, they have a lot of explaining to do and Pitt State will have a couple of job openings.