Former University of Michigan professor cleared of criminal charges

ANN ARBOR – Former University of Michigan computer science professor Peter Chen was found not guilty of first degree criminal sexual misconduct in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court on Monday.

Chen was arraigned on a criminal charge on Jan. 27, 2021 and immediately placed on administrative leave by his department at the university pending investigation.

The charges brought against him involved alleged misconduct with an underage girl when Chen was her robotics coach.

“The university respects the outcome of the trial and will reach out to Professor Chen to consider next steps,” U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald wrote in a statement to Local 4 News on Tuesday. “He remains on paid administrative leave.”

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.