Bloomington, IN - University Fires Dean Charged in Anti-Semitic Crime
Bloomington, IN - Indiana University has fired the employee accused of committing one of a series of anti-Jewish vandalism on and near the Bloomington campus.
Mark Zacharias of Ellettsville had been a scholarship coordinator at the Hutton Honors College since the fall of 2003. Honors college dean Matthew Auer tells The Herald-Times that Zacharias was fired Tuesday.
University support staff union steward Peter Kaczmarczyk says the criminal charges against Zacharias weren’t discussed during a meeting Friday about his job performance.
Zacharias faces a felony count of criminal mischief charging him with throwing a rock Nov. 30 that shattered the glass of an information board at IU’s Goodbody Hall, which houses the school’s Jewish studies program.
There were four reports of vandalism against Jewish centers on the universityâ€™s campus from November 23 through December 1. On Nov. 29, eight different Hebrew texts were taken from research collection shelves at IUâ€™s Wells Library, where they were thrown in toilets and urinated on.
A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for defense attorney Samuel Shapiro.
Zacharias is free after posting a $500 bond last Friday.
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