A professor from Purdue University was arrested due to suspected involvement with drugs and reportedly making sexual advances towards women.
Sergey Macheret, aged 65, was detained by the Lafayette Police Department on Wednesday following a thorough investigation that had been carried out over a period of several weeks. Multiple complaints were made regarding a suspicious male who was allegedly approaching women.
In December, the department launched an inquiry, eventually directing them to Macheret as a suspect. A plainclothes officer was able to discover information that motivated the police to conduct a traffic stop and arrest him.
Macheret is facing allegations for distributing and possessing methamphetamine. It is uncertain if he has employed a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Purdue University stated to WLFI-TV that Professor Nikolai Macheret of the Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering department, who has been employed since 2014, has been put on leave. Their statement read: “Purdue is aware of the arrest and charges. The university will cooperate fully with the investigation. The employee has been placed on leave pending further updates and legal proceedings and is barred from campus.”
Bill Crossley, the director of Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, also sent a message to faculty and students through email, as reported by a news outlet. The email began by saying, “Purdue University, and the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is aware of the arrest of Sergey Macheret. Purdue and AAE will cooperate fully with the investigation.”
Counseling resources have been made available to students and staff in need of help at this time.