NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - An adjunct professor at Rutgers University has been placed on administrative leave, after reports surfaced that he has a sexual misconduct conviction.
Sombudha Adhikari, a lecturer at the business school, was suspended on Jan. 25, university spokesperson Dory Develin confirmed, after his record was brought to the attention of Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor.
Adhikari was a part-time lecturer at the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University when in 2009, he was charged with fondling a female student.
He had, according to the Daily Record, grabbed her breasts and touch the inside of her thigh. Adhikari was arrested on May 15, 2009 and then released on $5,000 bail.
In 2011, Adhikari pled guilty to criminal sexual conduct and was handed down a year of probation and a requirement to submit to a psychological-sexual evaluation, according to public records.
His position at FDU was terminated upon the conviction. While on administrative leave, Adhikari will continue to be paid, Devlin said, while his background is reviewed.
When TAPinto New Brunswick attempted to contact Adhikari via phone, he declined an interview and hung up.
Public records indicate that Adhikari has two teaching posts in Newark, earning him $81,396 and $25,773 in gross pay.
He also earned $18,000 in gross pay as an instructor at the New Brunswick Summer Session, according to public records.