KSU professor pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators. Reported by Rick Armon. A controversial Kent State University professor pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to lying to federal investigators as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Julio Pino, a tenured professor of history, opted to plead to making a false statement to law enforcement instead of having a grand jury examine the case or have it go to trial. Pino, 57, was charged Monday and suspended from the university the same day.