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November 21, 2015

UD professor charged with stalking college employee

Police say economics professor tried puncturing victim's tires

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William Harris.

A University of Delaware professor allegedly stalked a fellow school employee, police announced Friday.

According to authorities, 66-year-old economics professor William Harris has been charged after a two-month investigation.

Police say Harris, a Marlyland native, tried puncturing the tires of the employee's car inside a university parking garage.

University of Delaware Police Chief Patrick Ogden told 6ABC Harris tried damaging the victim's tires with a nail at least two times.

Harris has been charged with felony stalking and five counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

He was arraigned by videophone Thursday and released after posting $1,000 bail.

The university has placed Harris on administrative leave pending review of the case and he is not allowed on campus.

Police say the victim Harris allegedly stalked does not work in the same department at the university.