In recent years, the once acclaimed world of academia has regrettably become a dumping ground for misfits, malcontents and morons.
This most recent incident involving a Penn State Professor moonlighting as an Uber driver is perhaps the most disturbing. Richard Lomotey an assistant professor at the university’s Beaver campus was allegedly charged with kidnapping two women on May 11th.
However, the bizarre incident became even stranger when the 36-year old professor was arrested again and charged again with a third kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault, and reckless endangerment. He’s currently locked up unable to post bail.
According to NBC News, the woman in the second case paid Lomotey $10 for a ride, Lomotey allegedly then asked the startled woman about her relationship status with men, he then asked her for a date, when she refused his overture he then attempted to lock her inside his auto, according to the criminal complaint filed on Monday.
The unidentified woman then alleges that Lomotey physically assaulted her, ripping her shirt and bra, she then reportedly opened the door while the auto was moving and escaped.
She told police “she was so afraid she opened the door and jumped from the moving vehicle at an unknown location” and the car sped off.
Two other women had reported similar stories involving Lomotely at the beginning of the month, where he allegedly locked the doors refusing to let them out. However, both also escaped.
Although the sequence regarding both incidents is still not exactly clear. What can be confirmed is that one of the women involved in the attack, hailed Lomotey’s auto through Uber when she noticed “a female running down the street in torn clothing, limping and appearing to be in distress.” She said she told Lomotey to stop and help the woman, but he refused.”
In an exclusive interview on Thursday, with the Daily Caller News Foundation, a Penn State spokesman acknowledged that if true, “These allegations are deeply troubling.”
Adding, “He has been put on leave and will not be in the classroom. As this is a criminal matter, we cannot comment further.”
University of Pittsburgh Director of Media Relations Joe Miksch also confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that Lomotey taught part-time at the School of Computing and Information in the spring 2019 semester.
Adding, “As of the end of the semester, he is no longer under contract with the University of Pittsburgh.”
Lomotey had been moonlighting as a driver for Uber for about a couple of months. However, the ride-sharing service removed his access to the app.
A spokesperson for Uber confirmed the removal of the app to TheDCNF Thursday stating, “What’s been described is unacceptable. The driver’s access to the app has been removed and we stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement to support their investigation.”
Lomotey’s professional bio reads that he is an Assistant Professor of Information Science and Technology. Previously worked as a researcher and teaching instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and served as a Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems intern with the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon; ZenFri Inc., Winnipeg; and SAKINA Information Sciences, Saskatchewan.
He also spent several years in Ghana, where he was an information technology assistant for Care International, an assistant examiner at the Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast as well as a teaching assistant; and a research assistant with NOKIA in Accra, Ghana’s capital.
Which once again begs the question, “what’s going on in the wacky world of academia?”