Former A&M professor charged with stalking heads back to court

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A former Texas A&M professor and scientist will go before a judge Tuesday for a status hearing after facing serious charges of harassing and stalking a female student at the university.

Tarun Bhardwaj was arrested back in December 2016 for the crime, as well as for preventing a police officer from carrying out his duty.

Bhardwaj has said he didn't see anything wrong in his actions and believes he is a victim of racial discrimination.

His status hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in Judge Bryan's courtroom.

While working as assistant research scientist at Texas A&M, Bhardwaj was arrested several times between January and August 2015.

The researcher was accused of harassing a girl student, for which he had to sign surety bonds, which he allegedly violated several times.

Later he was even directed to wear a GPS ankle monitoring device which he allegedly removed illegally. Since December 29, 2016, he has been lodged at the Brazos County Detention Center and is being held in the Brazos County Jail on a $700,000 dollar bond.