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Kent State professor arrested in Akron with 15-year-old boy


AKRON, Ohio — A Kent State University English professor is facing charges after officers found him in an SUV with a 15-year-old boy he met online, police said.

The 44-year-old Willie Harrell is charged with an adult curfew violation. Investigators believe Harrell intended to have sex with the boy.

A caller told Akron police a suspicious SUV was parked in the parking lot of Smith Elementary School about 11 p.m. Wednesday, Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli said Thursday morning.

Officers couldn't see inside the SUV when they arrived, so they ordered the occupants to step outside and Harrell and a 15-year-old boy got out of the car.

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