TULSA, Okla. - Police arrested Khaled Habib, a computer science professor at Tulsa Community College’s Metro campus, after prosecutors said he exposed himself to a student.
Habib was arrested Wednesday and has bonded out of jail.
The alleged victim told police Habib exposed himself last August but she didn’t report it sooner because she was embarrassed.
“With the investigation law enforcement put together we felt that based upon the allegations provided by the victim, who at the time was 57 years old, those criminal charges were warranted,” said Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.
The alleged victim told police she agreed to meet Habib at the computer lab for help on an assignment. She said he made her feel uncomfortable from the start and asked her personal questions.
Court documents showed that she turned around to see Habib’s pants pulled down as he was touching himself inappropriately.
“Just because it happens on a particular day doesn’t mean the person is going to immediately report it,” Kunzweiler said.
The woman told police she only got the courage to come forward after hearing Habib was also being inappropriate with other students.
FOX23 talked to one of Habib's neighbors who didn't want to believe the allegations.
“We’ve known him. We’ve known their whole family. He’s been in our home. I just have a hard time even thinking that it would be anything that would be true,” the neighbor said.
Tulsa Community College responded immediately and after we asked them about Habib’s employment.
They sent us this statement.
"On June 24, a Tulsa Community College employee, who was formerly a student, notified the TCC Campus Police of concerns regarding possible misconduct of a sexual nature. Our Campus Police investigated and turned the information gathered over to the Tulsa Police Department. The TPD subsequently issued an arrest warrant for a TCC faculty member. The faculty member is no longer with the College. TCC continues to cooperate with the Tulsa Police Department related to this complaint.
We are grateful that our employee came forward and that our TCC Campus Police responded in an effective manner. We are committed to assisting the TPD in any way that successfully concludes their investigation. "