Quinnipiac professor on leave after being confronted by group targeting online predators

Quinnipiac professor on leave after being confronted by group targeting online predators



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A Quinnipiac University professor and chairman of the  finance department is on leave after being confronted in a video recorded by an organization targeting alleged online predators.

The group, Prey on Predators or POPSquad, confronted Thomas Coe of Meriden in a video posted on www.popsquadhq.com on Nov. 11. The group alleges he sent sexually explicit messages to what he believed was a 14-year-old boy and then attempted to meet the boy in person.

In the video, Coe, identified only as Tom, enters an unfurnished home at an undisclosed location and is met by two men. Coe said he works at a college and speaks with the men for about half an hour before walking outside to his vehicle.

Coe lives in Meriden, according to his Facebook page.

Quinnipiac vice president for public affairs Lynn Bushnell said the school is investigating the incident as a “personnel matter.”

Coe “was placed on leave and is not on campus, pending an investigation,” she said.

John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, declined to comment when asked if Coe’s leave was due to the POPSquad video. 

Sgt. John Mennone, police spokesman, said the video was not recorded in Meriden, and city police are not investigating the incident.

Mennone referred additional questions to the Bristol Police Department. A representative for that agency did not immediately return questions for comment.


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