Former Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in McLean County Court Wednesday.
The Pantagraph reported Flanagan appeared in court Wednesday morning due to the Dec. 5 incident between him and former ISU Grounds superintendent R. Patrick Murphy.
Flanagan has recently admitted to police that he had yelled at Murphy, acknowledging that employers should not speak to employees that way.
Flanagan told police Capt. Nichol Bleichner, “Did I yell at an employee and shouldn’t have, yes. Is this wrong, yes,” according to the police report obtained by the Pantagraph. However, he said he did not make contact with Murphy.
Flanagan resigned as president on March 22, and is being accused of shouting at Murphy in addition to “flailing his arms around in a matter which alarmed and disturbed Murphy,” in a report supplied by State’s Attorney Jason Chambers when the charge was made public.
He is also being accused of shoving and spitting on Murphy.
The Class C misdemeanor Flanagan was charged with requires a fine of $1,500 and a maximum 30 days in prison. A Class C misdemeanor is the lowest kind of an unlawful offense in Illinois.
Flanagan’s next court date is arranged for 11 a.m. on May 28.