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SIUC professor on unpaid administrative leave following battery charges

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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - An associate engineering professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is charged with battery following an incident involving a student.

According to police documents obtained by Heartland News -- Alan J. Weston PhD, 54, of Marion was arrested Thursday, April 23 at 1:09 p.m. for the alleged battery of a student.

Weston was banned from campus and placed on unpaid administrative leave following the incident according to a letter sent the day the incident allegedly occurred from SIUC Vice Chancellor for Administration, Kevin Bame, and Dean of Engineering, John Warwick.

According to witness statements obtained from police by Heartland News, a student allegedly observed Weston pushing a student into a chair. The same witness reported that student allegedly pushed Weston over a desk and he fell.

According to police documents, SIU Associate Dean Lizette R. Chevalier reported to police that there had been several previous documented complaints by students against Weston.

According to police documents, students reported alleged "unusual" behavior by Weston.

A student reported that Weston allegedly talked about "moles causing sink holes and killing people," the student also reported that Weston allegedly talked about "astronauts in space and how the government could listen and watch him through antennas in his thumbs."

The school's police chief, Benjamin Newman, said the altercation took place outside a classroom in an engineering building. The student didn't suffer injuries that required medical attention.

Weston posted a $160 cash bond. A representative with the school has declined to comment on the incident, citing personnel privacy.

Newman said the case has been referred to the Jackson County State's Attorney's Office. A message seeking comment from State's Attorney Michael Carr was left Monday by the Southern Illinoisan.

In a press release on Tuesday, May 5, State's Attorney Michael C. Carr said Weston allegedly made physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with one of his students by pushing the student.

University spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith said she could not comment any further than what was in the crime log because it's a personnel matter.

Carr said the Southern Illinois University police investigated the incident and provided a report to his office to review for charges.

Weston is expected to make his first court appearance on May 15 at 9 a.m.

The case is assigned to Assistant State's Attorney Penny J. Pierson for prosecution.

He is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and energy processes.

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