Former SUNY Potsdam student charged with hate crimes, death threats against professor
September 20, 2016
As published on Syracuse.com on September 19, 2016.
A former SUNY Potsdam student was indicted today on hate crimes accused him of sending death threats and homophobic and racist notes to a professor at the college, according to the state’s attorney general.
Amjad Hussain, a former student at the State University of New York at Potsdam, is accused of delivering two messages that also contained threats against the professor’s family and racist pictures, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Hussain, 23, of Elmira, was charged with two felony counts of second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime and one count of fourth-degree criminal solicitation. The threats were made in April 2015, according to Schneiderman’s office.
Hussain today pleaded not guilty to the charges in an arraignment.
“Nobody should be made to feel unsafe or subject to harassment in their workplace, least of all our state’s hardworking, dedicated teachers,” Schneiderman said in a news release. “This indictment sends the message, loud and clear, that racist and homophobic threats will be treated with the utmost concern, and those responsible for such harassment will be held accountable.”
Hussain is also charged with soliciting another individual to deliver a third threatening note to the professor.
Hussain faces up to four years in state prison on each felony count if convicted. He was arraigned today in St. Lawrence County Court. His next court date is Oct. 11.