POSTED: Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 8:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 3:14pm
Tyler, Tx — UPDATE: The Smith County District Attorney's Office has since refused prosecution, and the case was subsequently dropped against Dr. Manouchehr Rostamy Khosrowshahi, according to Khosrowshahi's attorney Jason Castle.
UPDATE: Dr. Khosrowshahi announces he's retiring following his recent arrest.
A Tyler Junior College professor was released from jail late last month after he allegedly committed several crimes.
Manouchehr Rostamy Khosrowshahi, a.k.a. 'Dr. K.,' is charged with theft, fraud and tampering with evidence. He is accused of stealing items from the Walmart on Troup Highway, according to the Tyler Police Department.
Khosrowshahi was booked into the Smith County Jail on December 26 and released the next morning on $15,000 bail.
According to the TJC website, Khosrowshahi is a government professor. He is also the winner of several prestigious awards including 'Texas Professor of the Year' (2008), 'The Piper Professor' (2010), and most recently 'The Best Advisor of Year' (2012).
Khosrowshahi received his B.A. in Political Science from the National University of Iran in 1976, his M.A. in Political Science from Tehran University, Iran, in 1978, his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of North Texas in 1983 and has three post-doctoral fellowships from UT-Austin, Rice and the United States Institute of Peace.
TJC Spokesman Fred Peters tells KETK Khosrowshahi announced his retirement effective immediately Thursday morning. In a letter to the administration, the professor cited physical and mental health as causes for his decision.
Khosrowshahi worked for TJC since 1987.
Peters says anyone who was in his class should stay enrolled, and there will more than likely be a replacement professor put in his place. Students will be notified of any other changes.