Flanagan charged with disorderly conduct

The McLean County State’s Attorney’s office filed a charge of disorderly conduct against former ISU President Timothy Flanagan Tuesday.

The charges regard the alleged incident from early December, when he was accused of screaming at former superintendent of grounds R. Patrick Murphy. The statement said Flanagan was hurling insults and saliva while “flailing his arms around in a matter which alarmed and disturbed Murphy,” and allegedly shoving Murphy’s torso with his arms.

The charge is a Class C misdemeanor, which is defined as a “knowing act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another or to provoke a breach of the peace.”

“I can’t say much regarding this to the media at the moment,” Jason Chambers, McLean County State’s Attorney, said. “He’s presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”

A Class C misdemeanor is the least severe class of misdemeanor charges; the maximum sentence for the charge is 30 days of jail time, but most likely a guilty verdict would lead to a fine and court supervision.

Flanagan previously denied any wrongdoing in a statement released through his attorney, calling the accusations “a desperate attempt to embarrass” him and the university. His attorney remains confident that Flanagan is innocent.

ISU’s media relations could neither confirm nor deny if these charges were the reason for Flanagan’s sudden resignation. However, his resignation did eliminate any problems with McLean County’s state attorneys handling the case.

Flanagan’s first court appearance will be April 23 in Circuit Court. No bond is required, and this court date will determine the future course of action — depending on his plea, for guilt or innocence, a future trial or court date might be set at that time.

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