An Oakland University professor charged of stalking a former student, a misdemeanor, pleaded no contest at a competency hearing on June 13.
According to prosecutors, Srinarayan Sharma, 43, an associate professor of management information systems in the school of business administration, contacted the victim multiple times via email after she had a class with him in Fall 2009.
On Jan. 24 their communication took a more serious turn when Sharma encouraged the former student to murder his wife and children and leave the country with him, according to court documents.
According to the Michigan Prosecutor’s website, a no contest plea is treated the same way a guilty plea would be treated by a sentencing judge. The plea means he doesn’t say he’s guilty or that he’s innocent; he just has no contest.
“(Sharma) plead no contest because he wants to resolve this case and go on with his life,” said Jerry Sabbota, Sharma’s attorney. “He’s tired of remaining in limbo and wants to move on.”
At the hearing — held before Judge Julie Nicholson in the 52-3 District Court — Sharma’s defense team made a motion to remove his tether. Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Layne Sakwa argued against the motion.
“The facts of this case are quite scary, for lack of a better word,” Sawka said.
Nicholson denied the request.
In May, Sharma made a request for out of state travel to Cleveland, Miss. for a job interview. The request was approved as long as he complied with all other conditions of his Michigan bond.
According to Sharma’s attorney, he interviewed for the position May 18-20. He would not say what job Sharma applied for.
Sharma is not on the fall schedule at Oakland.
Sentencing for Sharma will take place at 1:15 p.m. on July 26 at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, Mich.