KENT, OH (WOIO) - A Kent State professor is under investigation for ties with ISIS, according to an FBI source.
The source says a joint terrorism task force is investigating Julio Pino, for possibly trying to recruit students to join the Islamist militant group.
The 55-year-old is a history professor with a focus in Latin America. He received his Ph.D in History from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Pino is a tenured professor at Kent State, a public university that is 39 miles south of Cleveland. He served as assistant professor in the Department of History from 1992 to 1998 and served as associate professor from 1998 to present.
He is a native of Cuba and converted to Islam in 2000.
Pino has a history of making controversial statements and standing behind them.
2015: Married Mia Kang in February – (Per Facebook status update) Mia Kang is also on the Portage County Auditor property report
2014: FBI reportedly starts investigating Dr. Julio Pino for terrorist connections, and his home is raided – per multiple reports
2014: Wrote an open letter addressed to children in Gaza
2011: Shouted "death to Israel" during an open forum where the featured speaker was a former Israeli diplomat
2009: U.S. Secret Service acknowledged that it was investigating Pino "as an individual who came to our attention who needed to be interviewed."
2007: Had pictures of some of the 911 bombers outside his office in a hero-like context
2007: Accused of writing jihad blog
2002: Wrote an opinion in the school's daily newspaper where he praised a suicide bomber
There are also some troubling posts on Pino's Facebook page.
In August 2012, he posted a photo of him in front of the Capitol building. The comment below said, "I come to bury D.C., not to praise it."
In Sept. 2014, a photo of two masked Islamist fighters with the comment, " Keep it a secret: that's me on the left!
Pino has not been charged with any crimes.
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