ORANGE COUNTY – Former UNC African and Afro-American Studies Chair Julius Nyang’oro is scheduled to make his second court appearance Tuesday on one felony charge connected to the UNC athletic and academic scandal.
Nyang’oro is expected to appear at 9:30 a.m. in the Orange County courthouse.
In December, an Orange County grand jury indicted Nyang’oro on the charge of obtaining property by false pretenses. Orange and Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall alleges that Nyang’oro accepted $12,000 for a UNC summer class he did not teach. Woodall told WCHL News that if he were to be convicted, that charge would likely not result in time in prison.
Following the indictment, Nyang’oro, 59, of Durham, had his first appearance in District Court on December 3. He did not speak in court and offered no comment before or following the appearance, multiple news outlets reported. Nyang’oro had appeared before a magistrate earlier in the day and was released on a $30,000 bail bond.
Woodall says while the investigation has concluded, at least one other person could be charged. He did not name any names, but charges could be brought against longtime AFAM Department Manager Deborah Crowder.
Five people were recently indicted by Secretary of State Elaine Marshal for breaking the Unified Athlete Agent Act. Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson was among those charged with athlete-agent inducement in connection with Georgia-based sports agent, Terry Watson. Watson was also indicted as he is accused of enticing athletes to employ him as an agent once they decided to go pro.