Former University of Idaho professor arrested on burglary, drug charges

Former University of Idaho professor arrested on burglary, drug charges

A former University of Idaho journalism professor was arrested on felony burglary and drug charges on Friday.

According to Idaho court records, Denise Bennett was arrested in Nez Perce County for burglary, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Idaho record records indicated Bennett posted $5,000 bond. She is expected in court for a preliminary hearing on October 2.

Bennet was recently fired by the University of Idaho. She was originally placed on leave January 24 after sending an email titled, “A MANIFESTO FROM A PROFESSOR WHO IS BEYOND FURIOUS.’

Bennett voiced her frustrations about the school’s lack of funding for the journalism and mass media program. The letter included several profanities.

Shortly after Bennett was placed on leave, students and staff on campus received a Vandal alert that Bennett was using meth and had access to firearms. She was banned from campus.

In August, Bennett’s case was under review by the university’s Dismissal Hearing Committee. The panel recommended Bennett’s employment be terminated when they found she engaged in unprofessional conduct.

Bennett’s termination took affect Saturday, September 21.

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