UT investigates vandalism connected to professor’s domestic abuse case

  • Brandon Mulder
  • Austin Community Newspapers Staff
11:51 p.m Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 Local
University of Texas police are investigating graffiti that was discovered at the School of Pharmacy’s building Monday morning. Photo: Courtesy of the Revolutionary Student Front - Austin.

Graffiti targeting a University of Texas professor who pleaded guilty in a domestic abuse case was found outside the School of Pharmacy building Monday morning, a UT police official said.

Police discovered the graffiti found outside the Pharmacy Building at 3:25 a.m., according to a UT police spokeswoman, and were still working to remove the paint as of Monday afternoon.

Messages sprayed upon a wall and entryway appeared to target UT professor Richard Morrisett. An American-Statesman investigation last month revealed Morrisett pleaded guilty in 2016 to a felony charge of strangling his girlfriend but wasn’t punished by the university, though UT officials concluded he failed to disclose the charges to them, as required by policy. Officials have said they will review the policy following the Statesman’s investigation.

Photos posted on social media show the messages painted in red spray paint reading, “Careful! UT Keeps abusers on staff!” and “Watch your back Richard,” followed by the hammer and sickle symbol. Photos were posted on a student-run Facebook group called the Revolutionary Student Front.

UT spokeswoman Cindy Posey said no suspects have been identified yet.