College of Pharmacy spray painted with threatening messages

Anna Lassmann

The College of Pharmacy building has been tagged with red spray paint messages saying things such as “UT harbors abusers” and “Watch your back Richard.”

This incident comes after the Austin-American Statesman reported on Jan. 25. that Pharmacy professor, Richard Morrisett, was still employed by UT after pleading guilty to felony charges.

In May 2016, UT professor Richard Morrisett, was charged with strangling his girlfriend until "she saw stars." Morrisett was later accused of another violent incident in July 2016 that sent his girlfriend to the hospital and violated a restraining order. Morrisett pleaded guilty to the first incident in February 2017, which resulted in an agreement with the Travis County District Attorney's Office that resolved his cases and sentenced Morrisett to four years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a required class on family violence. 


The UT Police Department is working on this incident, but no other information can be released at this time as it is an ongoing investigation, according to Jules Chan, communications coordinator for UTPD.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Editors note: This story has been updated to include Morrisett's charges.