A.G. Schneiderman Announces Indictment O...ed At Professor

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the indictment of Amjad Hussain, a former student at the State University of New York at Potsdam, charging him with two felony counts of Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree as a Hate Crime and one count of Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree.

Hussain is charged with delivering two messages to the professor that included death threats and racist and homophobic language. The messages also threatened the professorís family. Hussain is also charged with soliciting another individual to deliver a third threatening note to the professor.

According to filed documents and statements made in court today, on two separate occasions in April 2015, Hussain, 23, of Elmira, delivered two notes to the professorís office containing homophobic and racist pictures and language, threatening physical harm and death to the professor and the professorís family. Following his arrest in November 2015, the defendant solicited another individual to deliver a third note, also containing threats and racist and homophobic language directed at the professor. The defendant faces up to four years in state prison on each felony count if convicted. He was arraigned today before the Honorable Derek P. Champagne in St. Lawrence County Court. The defendant pleaded not guilty and was released under probation supervision with the condition of an order of protection for the benefit of the victim. The next court date is October 11th at 12:00 p.m.