The attorney for UC-Santa Barbara associate professor Mirielle Miller-Young entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client in Santa Barbara Superior Court Friday morning.
Miller-Young was not in the courtroom. She is accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion protester's sign during an on-campus rally in March.
Theft, battery and vandalism chargers were filed against Miller-Young after the District Attorney's office looked at video of the incident recorded by the alleged victim, Thrin Short, a member of the Anti-Abortion Ministry. Short said her group has seen negative reactions before, but nothing like the alleged actions of Miller-Young.
"Occasionally students will lose their coolness and get upset but never anything like this with a professor," Short told NewsChannel 3 outside the courtroom. "There are way you could come talk to us politely, there's a lot of other option than stealing my sign."
Miller-Young's case will continue in court on May 1.