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CSUN prof. accused of peeing on rival's door

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A feud between two Cal State Northridge professors leads to one of them arrested. Police say one took out his anger on a rival math teacher by repeatedly urinating on his office door.

At California State University-Northridge, math problems are pretty common.

But not when they end up in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A dispute between two members of the school's Mathematics Department allegedly led one professor to urinate on the other's door.

Professor Tihomir Petrov was supposed to be arraigned in court Thursday on two misdemeanor counts of urinating in public. But Petrov didn't show up at the San Fernando Courthouse. Instead, his attorneys asked for more time to prepare their defense.

"My client, Mr. Petrov, is a man of impeccable character," said Garrett Weinrieb, Petrov's attorney. "We will vigorously defend Mr. Petrov and he will be exonerated in this court."

But it could be an uphill battle for Petrov. The university says it has surveillance video of him in the act.

CSUN officials aren't releasing the video and wouldn't talk on camera. But they say the school installed a hidden camera in Santa Susana Hall after another math professor complained of finding puddles of urine outside his door.

The criminal complaint against Petrov says the surveillance camera shows Petrov in the act.

The story is already making its way around campus and students say the university needs to send a message to Petrov.

"It's embarrassing, it reflects on the school and definitely should not be here anymore," said CSUN student Reiko Rushing.

"Just to know that professors are doing this, it's like, we're supposed to learn from you and you're over here urinating on a door? It's like, 'Come on, man,'" said CSUN student April Brakefield.

"You want your students to go pee on people's doors because they get mad at somebody? It's just not how you handle things," said CSUN student Mark Land.

But other students shrugged the whole misdemeanor case off, saying it's not a big deal.