KENT, Ohio -- We are learning more about the professor at Kent State University who is now at the center of an FBI investigation.
Sources claim he may have ties to ISIS and that he allegedly tried recruiting students.
Yet Julio Pino, 55, has not been charged with any crime.
According to his biography, Pino is a tenured history professor who focuses on Latin America.
He also has a history himself.
A Muslim, Pino penned a tribute in 2002 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. In 2009, the Secret Service received tips and confirmed he was being investigated. Then in 2011, Pino screamed “Death to Israel!” during an Israeli diplomat’s lecture on campus.
There were also troubling Facebook posts. One of them includes a photo of him outside the U.S. Capitol with the words “I come to bury D.C., not to praise it” below.
Some of his peers have interpreted it simply as freedom of speech.
Others, including Anita Gray of the Anti-Defamation League of Cleveland, called it “downright evil.” She said her office has received many complaints over the years.
Sources say the FBI began investigating Pino last year. Former student, Emily Mills, broke the story when investigators approached her.
So far, she has been the only person to interview Pino, who denied links to ISIS and said he did not violate laws.
On Wednesday his wife told Channel 3 he was at home that day because he did not have class. It appeared he intends to carry out the semester.
By late afternoon the university issued a statement saying “there was no indication of a threat.”
On Twitter, university president Beverly Warren described Pina’s comments as “reprehensible and counter to our core values.”
A spokesperson confirms that Kent is cooperating with the FBI.
Pina has been there since the early 1990’s and currently has tenure. The school declined to say if it may be taking steps to challenge that.