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Dean at University of South Florida College of Medicine steals student's bicycle

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

Added: Feb-13-2009 Occurred On: Feb-9-2009
By: beck64
Tags: Dean, USF, steal, stealing, student, police, cops, cctv, security, surveillance, caught, cam, tape, bicycle
Location: Tampa, Florida, United States (load item map)
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