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Professor had criminal history

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(Source: Dougherty Co. Jail) (Source: Dougherty Co. Jail)

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany State University professor arrested this week on sexual assault and attempted sexual assault charges had two prior criminal convictions.  

When 63-year old Dr. Phillip Jemilohun was hired at ASU in January 2007, university officials knew he was a first time offender charged with petty theft in Fulton County. That did not disqualify him from the job.

His background check did not turn up a misdemeanor sexual assault conviction in Virginia. Nine months after he was hired, the Board of Regents implemented more comprehensive checks that ASU Police Chief Roberson Brown says would have picked up that conviction. 

"There are so many different, similar names and dates of birth are the same," said Albany State University Police Chief Roberson Brown. "With the Live scan you actually have that persons DNA fingerprint which there would be every little room if any for making a mistake or error for someone who had the same name, same date of birth."

Dr. Jemilohun has been released from the Dougherty County Jail on bond.

The ASU Department of Natural Science professor is suspended without pay until the case is resolved.

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