Convicted Criminal Teaching Police Courses at Kent State

Ravenna resident pleaded guilty to possession of drugs last month

A Ravenna man who pleaded guilty to drug, weapons and drunk driving charges is teaching courses in police work at Kent State, Ohio.com reports.

Daniel Fitzpatrick, 57, is a retired member of the university's police force and pleaded guilty last month to the charges yet continues to teach courses in justice studies, KentWired reports.

University officials have said little other than to confirm Fitzpatrick's guilt and not to comment on his personal life.

Kent State spokesperson Eric Mansfield told Ohio.com that Fitzpatrick's student evaluations remain positive.

Atilla February 20, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Well said James!
Atilla February 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Fitzpatrick is a person who gives cops a bad name. Why on earth would you want an admitted felon teaching your kids? A high school would fire him right away! He is a hypocrite and has been doing drugs all of his life! He just happened to get caught! Apparently since this didn't happen on school grounds, he is still allowed to teach, which shows the difference of how a student is treated here if he/she is found guilty of a felony OFF school grounds. At least most students are young and just learning about life, so mistakes are par for the course. Fitzpatrick is a 56 yr old man, who should know right from wrong at this point in his life and needs to GROW UP! He is a narcissistic person, who uses his police psychology courses to manipulate people and treats others like dirt! So for those of you supporting him, and if you are in criminal justice studies at KSU, maybe you should re-think your position on this, because you are taught to obey the law and not tolerate this kind of behavior or you too are a hypocrite!
Atilla February 20, 2013 at 01:28 PM
So carrying bath salts, being high on marijuana while riding a motorcycle, and carrying a loaded fire arm is a small drug charge? Think about it Yuberniz, if someone were to try drugs for the first time, would they go right to bath salts? I think not. He is a life-long drug user. The justice system got it wrong this time. He is a disturbed individual, and for the KSU police department to not notice this after all those years, says something about them too. His relationships with them deteriorated several years before he was forced to retire.
Paul Rotheray February 20, 2013 at 02:34 PM
<eye roll>
Cff May 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Um I'm his son so don't talk about him like you know him. No he has not been doing drugs his whole life and he hasent touched anything since the incident. He was going through a lot of family issues at the time that I'm not going into detail about. So why dont you throw the first stone since obviously you are without sin.


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