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OU Professor On Leave After Arrest

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An Ohio University psychology professor is on administrative leave after he was arrested in Lancaster.

Keith D. Markman was taken into custody on April 4, charged with aggravated burglary and assault, according to Fairfield County Municipal Court records.

The Bexley man was arrested after allegedly causing “apparent minor injury” to a woman on Wind River Drive in Lancaster at about 12:45 a.m. Monday, according to a report filed by the Lancaster Police Department. The report also said he is accused of forced entry into the residence of the victim.

He appeared in Fairfield County Municipal Court on the charges Tuesday and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 14. The burglary charge is a first-degree felony count and the assault is a first-degree misdemeanor.

Bond was set at $30,000 in the case, and Markman was released from custody after posting 10 percent of bond, court records stated.

Markman has been a professor at OU for 15 years, according to Katie Quaranta, spokesperson for the university. He is listed as an associate professor and director of experimental training on the OU website. His research areas and specializations include social judgment and behavioral decision making.

Quaranta said the university had no other comment in regard to the case.

“The university does not comment on pending personnel matters,” Quaranta said in an email to WOUB.