Higher Education: Boston University Professor Operating Meth Lab in Her Home

Posted by on Dec 05, 2011 at 11:26 am

When life imitates Breaking Bad.

A college professor who has taught mathematics for more than two decades at two Boston universities will be arraigned later this month on the same drug charges her 29-year-old son recently faced for running a methamphetamine lab out of their Somerville home, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.

Irina Kristy, 74, who lives on Oxford Street – about 500 feet from City Hall and an elementary school – will face charges of “distribution of meth, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and drug violation in a school zone,’’ on Dec. 21 in Somerville District Court, said Middlesex District Attorney office spokeswoman Cara O’Brien.

More details about the case will emerge at the arraignment, she said.

A court summons was filed against Kristy on Nov. 14 – the day her son, Grigory Genkin, pleaded not guilty to the same three charges before Somerville District Court Judge Maurice Flynn, who ordered he be held on $1,000 cash bail.

Reached by phone yesterday, Kristy said: “I cannot give any comment at this time.’’

Kristy continues to teach full time at Boston University, but she was placed on administrative leave at Suffolk University last week.

A lecturer in the math department at BU since 1987, Kristy teaches three courses each semester, said school spokesman Colin Riley on Friday.



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