Criminal charges dismissed against former UGA diversity organization officer

The Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Office earlier this year dismissed charges against a former communications officer for a University of Georgia diversity organization.

 

Authorities initially accused Rouhollah Aghaseleh of changing the passwords to the organization’s social network and email accounts in November 2016, after he resigned from GLOBES, an organization under the direction of UGA’s Office of Institutional Diversity.

The GLOBES chairperson reported the computer intrusions to UGA police and Aghaseleh was subsequently arrested and charged with six felony counts of computer trespass and one count of criminal attempt to commit computer trespass.

All charges were dropped prior to indictment for “the interests of justice,” according to the dismissal filed March 16 in Clarke County Superior Court by Assistant District Attorney Paige Otwell.

According to Aghaseleh’s LinkedIn profile and online résumé, he earned a master’s degree at Tehran University in Iran and attended UGA from 2011 to July 2016, earning a doctorate in educational theory and practice. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia State University at the time of his arrest, according to the LinkedIn profile.

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