A Baton Rouge Community College ethics professor was arrested last week for allegedly attacking his pregnant fiancée — who he met while teaching her philosophy class, The Times-Picayune reports.
42-year-old philosophy professor Robby Burleigh and his fiancé reportedly got in an argument because he didn’t want her to have the baby.
According to The Times-Picayune, “Burleigh’s fiancée told police that he threw her to the floor, pinned her down and broke her phone so she couldn’t call for help. She said he also dragged her across the floor to a gunsafe and told her ‘You’re going to commit suicide today.'”
The fiancée told police that their relationship began at BRCC and police “noted that there is a 22-year age difference” between the couple, according to The Times-Picayune.
While Burleigh admitted to breaking the phone, he told police he pinned his fiancé down to “calm her down,” The Times-Picayune reports. He was arrested “on suspicion of domestic abuse battery, false imprisonment, simple criminal damage to property and a fugitive warrant from Ascension Parish,” according to the newspaper.
Burleigh has recieved high praise from professor review website RateMyProfessor, and one student noted their surprise about his arrest, writing, “just saw some disturbing new about Mr. Burleigh, doesn’t sound like him at all sounds totally out of character for him. He was always talking about his daughter and his fience. I doubt he would do anything like that. Great teacher.”
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