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FBI probes Kent State professor over ISIS ties

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 11:10:18-05

KENT, Ohio -- A Kent State University associate professor is the subject of an FBI probe regarding possible connections to ISIS, ABC News reported Wednesday.

Julio Pino teaches history with a specialization in Latin American history and developing nations. He recently converted to Islam and is being investigated for possibly supporting ISIS and/or recruiting students for the radical Islamic group, according to KentWired.com.

In October 2011, Pino made headlines after shouting “Death to Israel” at a public lecture given by Ishmael Khaldi, a former Israeli diplomat visiting Kent State’s campus. The university condemned his remarks at the time.

The Kent State student newspaper has an interactive timeline on their website highlighting Pino's career and the ongoing investigation. You can view it here.

In a new statement to ABC News, Kent State said it is “fully cooperating” with “an ongoing investigation,” noting the FBI assured school officials “there is no threat to campus.”

The probe was first revealed by a student newspaper after its editor was among those interviewed on campus by the FBI as part of the ongoing investigation into professor Julio Pino, according to ABC News.

In an interview with the student newspaper, Pino denied any wrongdoing and denied supporting ISIS.

“I have not broken the law. I don’t advocate that anyone else break the law,” he said in the interview. “Everything that I’ve done…is perfectly legal.”


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