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Professor accused of arson deemed mentally impaired, not criminally responsible

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A panel of doctors has determined that a mathematics professor accused of setting fire to his office at the University of Hawaii was mentally impaired at the time of the incident and, therefore, is not criminally responsible.

David Bleecker appeared in court on his arson charge Thursday. According to one of the mental health experts who examined him, Bleecker's bipolar disorder and cognitive disorder "substantially impaired his ability to control his behavior."

On Monday, the defense plans to acknowledge that the professor torched his office door on the Manoa campus and will ask a judge to find him not guilty by reason of insanity.

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