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.

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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.

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