Officials at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi provided little detail on Tuesday about information surrounding a complaint brought against a member of the University’s staff. However, a University spokesperson was able to confirm that the University took a report via their Risk, Fraud and Conduct Hotline this morning and noted that the school’s compliance staff is looking further into the matter.
Late on Monday, reporters for the South Texas Journal were contacted by a person with knowledge of the situation and a copy of the report filed with the University itself. The complaint (who has asked not to be revealed) said that Dr. Anthony Zoccorillo, a professor in the school’s psychology department, had sent her lewd photographs of himself and also expressed a deep interest in extreme sexual fantasies and taboo fetishes with students.
Now, following our initial reporting on Monday at least 3 other women have come forward expressing concerns about Zoccolillo.
One student said that she had been continually been flirted towards during a class by Zoccolillo and that on at least one occasion, she became uncomfortable after a class when he had suggested that he could help her with an assignment that evening.
Zoccolillo, who has been with the University since 2013 has not responded to our request for comment.
Additionally, should the allegations prove that the nude pictures were sent without consent of the complainant, the possibility of a new state law that went into effect Sept. 1 could be brought into play. The new law created under House Bill 2789 makes the electronic transmission of sexually explicit material a Class C misdemeanor, with a maximum $500 fine, when the recipient hasn’t provided consent. That bill was filed by Dallas area Republican Rep. Morgan Meyer.