Former Kent State professor attempted to flee the country

Hannah Armenta

Former Kent State University professor, Willie Harrell, 44 — accused of meeting a teenage boy he met on the Internet — was stopped by Canadian authorities on Wednesday while attempting to flee the country.

Cleveland.com reported Friday that Harrell told Canadian authorities he wanted to flee the country to avoid prosecution in his case in Summit County Pleas Court.

Harrell, a former English professor, was charged with importuning and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in August. He met a 15-year-old boy at Smith Elementary School and told authorities he was attempting to pursue a sexual relationship.

His bail, set at $25,000, was posted two days after his arrest, cleveland.com reported. Although Summit County prosecutors filed a request to revoke his bond.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall issued a warrant for Harrell’s arrest and revoked his bond on Friday.

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Hannah Armenta is the editor for The Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected]