UO Instructor Pleads Not Guilty

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon adjunct instructor cited for getting in a physical altercation with students in March entered his plea Thursday.

James Olmsted was scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. at the Eugene Municipal Court, but he didn’t show up. Instead, his attorney entered a not guilty plea by written statement.

According to court records, Olmsted pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment, one count of theft and one count of disorderly conduct.

Olmsted’s dispute with a group of UO student activists was caught on camera and posted to YouTube. The video showed Olmsted pushing a student. Another student says the instructor took away her phone after he saw she was recording him.

Olmsted’s teaching responsibilities have been reassigned for the rest of the year. He has until April 18 to come in and watch an informational video about his rights before his next court date is scheduled.

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