Judge issues Professor Sharma a no contact order

Srinarayan Sharma is not to contact his wife and children, according to a ruling from Judge Julie A. Nicholson.

In an additional discovery hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at 52-3 District Court, 700 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills, Judge Julie A. Nicholson modified Sharma’s house arrest.

Srinarayan Sharma, 43, an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business Administration, was recently charged with stalking a female graduate.

Defense attorney Jerome Sabbota said Sharma’s wife is “not afraid” and that there is no evidence she’s in danger.

“(There’s) no reason to believe he’s a danger,” Sabbota said.

The prosecutor said that some of the e-mails sent to the victim contained personal information — including social security numbers — regarding Sharma’s family. The prosecutor asked that Sharma be on house arrest away from his family.

Sharma is voluntarily moving to an apartment in Troy. He is allowed to leave home for court-related business, medical appointments and to shop for personal items.

On Sharma’s behalf, his attorney asked the judge to allow phone contact with his family.

“At this point, I’m not going to (allow phone contact),” Nicholson said.

The pre-trial hearing was rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Jury selection will take place at 9 a.m. March 4.