HILLSBOROUGH – Former UNC African and Afro-American Studies Chair Julius Nyang’oro was scheduled for his second court appearance Tuesday morning on one felony charge connected to the UNC academic and athletic scandal, but he was not present at the Orange County Courthouse.
Nyang’oro’s name was on the court’s docket, but Orange and Chatham County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Tuesday afternoon that he was not required to make an appearance. Woodall confirmed that Nyang’oro’s appearance was postponed, and his next court date is set for April 29. Woodall added that the date could be moved up by a week.
Bill Thomas, Nyang’oro’s lawyer, was not in the courtroom where Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour was presiding.
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 said that while the investigation has concluded, at least one other person could be charged, but it isn’t absolute.
“There’s a potential for that,” he said Tuesday, adding that if an additional person is charged, it will be done at the end of January. Woodall did not name anyone or cite specifics about who could be charged.
It is thought that 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.