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Student sends threatening emails to University of North Florida professor

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Threatening emails and phone calls, cryptic warnings, all from a student.

University of North Florida police say a professor was being harassed and stalked by someone in her class.

It starts with an introduction.

Dr. Aaron Bradley, allegedly from the FBI, tells a University of North Florida psychology professor there is an Undercover Agent in her class.

Bradley said if the agent finds out he contacted the professor, he'll be killed.

"We didn't take it very seriously at first," said UNF Police Chief Bill Strudel.

Strudel said after the first email, they thought it was a hoax.

But the emails kept coming.

The next telling the professor she was intriguing, and asking her to meet in person.

He signs off by saying he will not stop trying to contact her or get her attention.

"These began to raise issues about stalking issues," he said.

A night later, the professor told police a girl in her class drove by her home and spoke to her husband.

The next email warned her to stay away from her husband.

"Each day a new little piece unfolded, and each day we chipped away a little at the story," he said.

The professor told police the girl she saw at her house had become attached to her in class.

When they brought her in for questioning, she eventually admitted she was the person claiming to be Dr. Aaron Bradley of the FBI.

She told police another student paid her $100 to find out more about the professor.

First Coast News is not naming the student because she has not been charged with a crime, but does face discipline from the University.

UNF did not send out an alert about the incident.

The whole thing has left other students on campus uneasy.

"You would think something would never happen around where you are and then you have this police report here, and it's like, makes you think, what else could have happened here that no one knew," said UNF Senior Kathleen Murphy.

The student has been placed on probation, and remains enrolled and in classes at UNF, but she is not the class taught by the professor she was emailing.

The FBI asked the University to pass along all of her emails, but will not confirm whether or not they're looking in to it.

First Coast News

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