Kent State professor investigated for ISIS ties accused of making lewd comments

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KENT, Ohio - While a federal investigation continues into Kent State University history professor Julio Pino, new concerns raised by former students have the school looking into different accusations.

The FBI confirmed last week the agency is investigating whether professor Julio Pino has any association with the Islamic State.  The investigation is also exploring whether Pino used his position on campus to influence students to become sympathetic with ISIS.

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Pino has long been controversial for his social media posts and his writings, including one that appeared sympathetic to a Palestinian suicide bomber.

He denied any involvement with ISIS, telling reporters, "I wish to say for the record that none of the allegations have any foundation whatsoever. I have no ties to any political organization either here in the United States or abroad."

But there are new concerns coming from anonymous surveys completed by some of his students.

Some of the students who completed the surveys describe him as an excellent professor.

"The professor was amazing, prepared and knowledgeable," wrote one student.

"A great way to view Latin America. I knew some issues, but I learned so much more," wrote another.

Several students offered no commentary on Pino's conduct in the classroom, but rated his conduct as "excellent."

Not one of the surveys released by the university makes any mention to ISIS or the Islamic State, or of any effort by the professor to discuss views or opinions of international terrorism.

That seems to confirm what Pino told reporters after the FBI came to campus last week to investigate, questioning students and colleagues.

"I have never discussed the politics of Islam, the Islamic State or any other political organization with the students, with the faculty or anyone else on campus," Pino said.

But other surveys paint a different picture of the longtime professor. In a hand-written statement, one of his students complained, "No respect shown when he talks about being high and drunk and raping little girls."

"Professor Pino was a knowledgeable professor, however his sexual 'jokes' were not appreciated and offensive," wrote another.

In another comment, a student wrote, "No professionalism at all considering every class he mentioned how he was going to get high and drunk and find 18-year-old girls to have sexual relations with."

Still another comment describes Pino as, "Rude, obnoxious and unprofessional. He should at least be fired, if not charged with criminal offenses." The student is not specific about what Pino did to warrant the comment.

Kent State University President Beverly Warren last week issued a statement with respect to Pino's social media posts and his political statements calling them, "Reprehensible and counter to our core values."

University Provost Todd Diacon issued another statement to FOX 8 regarding the student surveys saying:

"The university is currently looking into this matter, which is completely unrelated to the ongoing FBI investigation.  As provost, I am working with the department chair and dean of the college to ensure these concerns are dealt with appropriately."

The university has not taken any steps to remove him from the classroom because there are no criminal charges and Pino is a tenured professor.

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