The mother of harassment suspect Kevin Shiau, 31, calls the charges against her son by one of his fellow University of Texas Health Science nursing students “false accusations.”
The claims were leveled against Shiau by a 20-year-old woman who contacted UT System police, as well as an associate dean at the nursing school, about what she described as alarming and annoying messages.
An arrest warrant affidavit shows the woman told investigators Shiau has been contacting her repeatedly through Facebook and by texting, even though she has asked him to stop.
Shiau was arrested Wednesday on a charge of harassment.
However, his mother, Pei Ling Shiau, said she has trouble understanding how the communication became a criminal case.
"I believe there's not any offensive language. (He was not) talking about hostile or sexual, racial, anything,” Pei Ling Shiau said. "They started out with very friendly terms. They were taking classes the same semester and she was even text messaging him to 'Please sit by me.'"
Pei Ling Shiau said the alleged victim, at one time, seemed to welcome the contact.
She said her son and the woman exchanged up to 1,000 text messages per day, then she suddenly cut him off.
According to the affidavit, the woman took her complaints to an associate dean of the nursing school, who then warned Shiau last Friday to leave the woman alone. The affidavit stated that Shiau sent six more messages to the woman on Saturday and Sunday.
His mother said her son eventually did comply with the orders, and she believes the case is overblown. Pei Ling Shiau said the woman only told her son to stop one time before turning to authorities.
Now, she said, Kevin Shiau’s education also is in jeopardy.
"(School officials) advised him to drop, which I'm not taking it. I recommend not to because there's no fault on his side,” she said. “We will fight.”
An attempt was made to speak to the woman involved at her home. However, her mother answered the door and declined to comment, saying she wanted to keep the case as a private matter.