Dessler trial moved back to December

Lawyers agreed on Friday to delay the trial of a professor from the College of William and Mary until December, Williamsburg Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green said.

David A. Dessler, a 61-year-old government professor, is accused of sending a series of threatening emails to William and Mary Government Department Chairman John McGlennon.

According to William and Mary Police Department criminal affidavits, McGlennon, who is also a James City County supervisor, received two threatening emails at his William and Mary faculty email address on Feb. 26.

The emails were unsigned and said "Let the terror begin" and "You'll stop laughing soon, I guarantee it."

Police arrested Dessler Feb. 28 and charged him with harassment by computer. He was released but arrested again on March 18. Police say he sent another threatening email to McGlennon and other William and Mary faculty.

The email, which was sent from Dessler's William and email address and signed, "David," said someone was going to "show up in Williamsburg and take you apart," according to court documents. Dessler said the line was implying he would go to the press with his grievances against the school and should not be interpreted as a threat.

McKinnon can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

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