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Professor faces pre-trial after multiple arrests

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Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 17:08

Gabriel Fenteany

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Gabriel Fenteany

During the 2012 academic year, Fenteany’s research grant was not renewed and three of his advanced students were scheduled to graduate in the spring, leaving his lab in a precarious state.

“There were numerous arguments between him and my fellow labmates during this time as well, partly from the amount of stress we all felt,” Eddy said in an email.

Although Eddy said he had disagreements with Fenteany, the research group of graduate students and Fenteany parted on good terms when the students graduated with their PhDs and he said that he misses working with him.

“All of us wish him well, with no reservations,” wrote Eddy. “He was our mentor, our friend, and at the end, our colleague, no matter the differences we had while working under him.”

Kristi Kearney, an 8th-semester biology major who worked in Fenteany’s lab with Eddy one summer, described Fenteany as a humble and respectable professor, although she did not often work with Fenteany in the lab because he was ill at the time.

“From the work that was being done in the organic chem lab, it was very clear to me that Dr. Fenteany had been running a very successful lab, breeding very successful chemists,” she said.

A time frame for the conclusion of all pre-trial activities and a tentative trial date may be set at today’s pre-trial conference. According to the Connecticut Penal Code, Fenteany could face five or more years in prison if convicted of the charges against him.


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