The Central Michigan University philosophy professor arrested for disturbing the peace over summer break will be in class when the fall semester begins.
John Meixner, 63, was arrested for allegedly taking pictures of young girls and women at the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair on July 13 and was subsequently charged for disturbing the peace nearly a month later on Aug. 7.
CMU Director of Public Relations Steve Smith said in an issued statement that Meixner is scheduled to teach in the fall despite his legal issues.
“He will be in the classroom as this matter moves through the legal system,” Smith said. “Beyond that, we don’t publicly discuss employment issues.”
According to court documents shared with Central Michigan Life, the pictures Mexiner took appeared to be “centered mostly on the buttocks and thigh area” of young girls and adult women. Photographs recovered by police did not include any faces, and the subjects were fully clothed.
When asked about the photographs, Meixner’s defense attorney Daniel O’Neil said out of all the pictures his client took, only one was just above the knees of some young girl or woman.
“He did nothing illegal,” O’Neil said. “I mean, there are 200 of these photographs of everything and everybody participating at the county fair. Photography is his hobby.”
This is the third time Meixner has been asked to leave a public place for taking photographs, although this is the first instance that has resulted in an arrest.
A few years ago, CMU Police were called and asked if they could respond to an incident in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Mount Pleasant regarding Meixner’s presence.
Meixner, who has been teaching at CMU since 1983, will appear in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court on Sept. 4 for a pretrial conference on the charge of disturbing the peace.