An associate dean at the University of South Florida has admitted to taking a student's bicycle this week in an act that was captured on a surveillance tape.
Abdul Rao, who oversees research grants for the College of Medicine, was suspended Thursday while campus officials investigate.
In a statement, Rao apologized Friday and said he was trying to help a day laborer who needed transportation.
"I deeply regret this failure in judgment and the unfortunate attention it has generated….," he wrote to USF officials.
"I gave a man who does odd jobs for me permission to use a bicycle that was parked at the center.
I acted out of compassion for this nearly homeless man; but I failed to consider that the bicycle belonged to someone on our Alzheimer's team.
It was a terrible lapse in judgment on my part; I have no excuse. I can only say that my intention was never to bring har
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