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Professor accused of urinating on colleague's door now wanted man

June 16, 2011 |  8:00 am

Tihomir PetrovA judge has issued a $35,000 bench warrant for a Cal State Northridge math professor charged with urinating on a colleague's office door.

Tihomir Petrov failed to appear for a pretrial conference hearing in the case, prompting the warrant, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday.

Petrov has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of urinating in a public place.

His lawyer advised the court that he had not had any recent contact with his client, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan told The Times.

Petrov did appear in court during a March hearing at which he pleaded not guilty to the charges. At that time, the Daily Sundial newspaper quoted one of his attorneys as saying that the professor was concerned about how the charges would affect his career and reputation.

"[Petrov] is of course concerned that this might affect future employment," Arvand Naderi told the paper. "We're hoping his reputation will not be tarnished."

In early December, Petrov was captured on videotape urinating on the door of another professor's office in Santa Susana Hall, according to authorities. School officials had concealed a camera nearby after discovering puddles of what they thought was urine at the professor's door, officials said.

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