CSUN professor accused of urinating on a colleague’s door gets extension

Samantha Tata

The CSUN mathematics professor accused of urinating on a colleague’s door was granted a 30-day arraignment extension today in San Fernando Superior Court.

Mathematics professor Tihomir Petrov, 43, faces two misdemeanor counts of urinating in public.

“We’ve requested this extension in order to engage in informal discussion with the prosecutor and gather further evidence,” said Garret Weinrieb, one of the two defense attorneys.

Petrov was allegedly caught on surveillance camera urinating on an office door in Santa Susanna Hall.

“We will not be releasing the surveillance tape as it is evidence in the ongoing trial,” said  Carmen Ramos-Chandler, CSUN director of news and information.

Weinrieb said he and his co-counsel, Arvand Naderi, would explore this discovery during the 30-day extension.

“My client is a man of impeccable character,” Weinrieb said at a press conference following the hearing.  “We will vigorously defend him and he will be found innocent.”

According to the Los Angeles Superior Court’s website, misdemeanor crimes are punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and a maximum one year county jail term.

Petrov is not currently teaching at CSUN while a personnel investigation is conducted, Ramos-Chandler said.

Petrov did not appear in court.  His arraignment has been rescheduled for March 3 at the San Fernando Superior Courthouse, where he will enter his plea.