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Ohio State professor accused of aggravated menacing

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Paul Craig Boardman in a staff photograph. Credit: OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs

An Ohio State professor has been arrested and accused of aggravated menacing and operating a vehicle while impaired.

Paul Craig Boardman is listed on his university faculty page as an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He also serves as associate director of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, the page stated.

Boardman was arrested on April 29 for aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor charge, according to an OSU Police Division incident report.

He was also arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired, which is also a first-degree misdemeanor charge, according to Franklin County Municipal Court documents.

Boardman called the Glenn College’s Human Resources Director the night of his arrest, saying he planned to kill Trevor Brown, the dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and then himself, according to 10TV-WBNS. Police officers later found Boardman at the scene of a vehicular crash on Indianola Avenue. He smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred, and after failing initial field sobriety tests and declining to take additional tests, he was arrested for OVI.

Boardman is set to appear in court again next week. He has been released from jail on bond but has been placed under house arrest. As a condition of the bond, Boardman has also been ordered to refrain from consuming or possessing alcohol or other “drugs of abuse,” to stay away from the primary witness and also to stay away from the incident location.

Boardman has been “reassigned off-campus pending the resolution of the criminal charges that were filed and our own internal investigation,” the university said in an emailed statement.

“We are fully cooperating in the ongoing police investigation and are taking all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our campus community. Due to the open and active case, we cannot comment further,” the statement said.


  1. I hope he gets to continue to receive his salary and medical.

  2. Cut off his pay check.

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