Posted on December 16, 2004

Ex-Prof Who Faked Vandalism Gets a Year

AP, Dec. 15

POMONA, Calif. — A former college professor convicted of staging a hate crime by spray-painting her own car with racist slurs was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison.

Kerri Dunn, 40, was convicted in August of filing a false police report and attempted insurance fraud, and had faced up to three years.

The visiting psychology professor at Claremont McKenna College claimed her car was targeted March 9 in a hate crime while she was speaking at a campus forum on racial tolerance.

College officials canceled classes the next day as thousands of students took part in demonstrations calling for tolerance.


The judge who earlier had ordered Dunn to undergo psychological testing said Wednesday she has “severe mental illness,” according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.