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Boston U. Professor With Racist Tweets Was Also Once Charged With Identity Theft

The tale of Saida Grundy, the newly-hired sociology and African-American studies professor at Boston University who believes white college males are “a problem population,” has taken a more bizarro turn.

Earlier this month, Grundy, who is black, came under fire for publishing a bunch of tweets that many Boston U. students found racist and inappropriate for a professor to express.

Most famously, she wrote:

Grundy tweet screenshot

Grundy later apologized — kind of — by calling her flurry of racist, sexist tweets “indelicate.” Now, however, her newfound notoriety has caused her past to come back to haunt her.

Back in 2008, Boston.com has unearthed, Grundy was charged with a felony count of identity theft because she created a forged account on an adult website in the name of another woman.

At the time, Grundy was enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. (She eventually received a Ph.D. from the school in 2014.)

Grundy’s website of choice was Fling.com, the self-proclaimed “hottest place to hook up!” and “get laid tonight.” It’s not remotely safe for work.

Grundy created the fake ad in December 2007 to take revenge on a Charlottesville, Va. woman on the other side of a love triangle. Both Grundy and the woman were dating the same man, and Grundy wasn’t happy about it, police said.

The Fling.com ad featured images of the other woman. Grundy found those images in the man’s email account.

When said other woman figured out what Grundy had done, she notified police in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“This was a jealous thing regarding another man,” the contemporaneous police report stated.

In criminal court, Grundy eventually plea-bargained her way down to a misdemeanor count of malicious use of a telecommunications service. She then pleaded guilty. A judge sentenced her to probation.

“When this incident occurred I was 24, and exercised the poor judgment of a heartbroken 24 year old. I took accountability then as I do now. I hold true to the lessons learned, and my life has since moved on,” Grundy told Boston.com in a prepared statement.

As with the embarrassing series of texts, Boston U. officials say they have no plans to dismiss Grundy for the strange 2008 revenge crime.

“She admitted the mistake, accepted the consequences, and brought closure to that case,” BU senior vice president of external affairs Steve Burgay told Boston.com. “Eight years later, we do not see any reason to reopen it.”

Burgay and the Boston U. administration also don’t seem to mind that Grundy appeared to taunt a rape victim on Facebook, ordering her to “go cry somewhere” “since that’s what you do.”