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BU professor placed on probation

A Boston University professor has been placed on 18 months of probation after admitting involvement in three restraining order violations.

Pedro Lasarte, a Romance languages professor who has taught at the university for 25 years, has “learned from his mistakes,” his defense attorney, Ryan Caselden, said.

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Lasarte was ordered to stop drinking, to submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Cambridge District Court Judge Roanne Sragow said, “As difficult as it’s going to be, he can’t drink.” If Lasarte stays trouble-free during the probation, the case will be dismissed.

Caselden said the 65-year-old professor had gone through a difficult breakup with a girlfriend about a year ago and that “prompted a downward spiral.”

Lasarte acknowledged violating restraining orders in September 2012, October 2012, and on Feb. 10. The victim each time was a woman, but it wasn’t immediately clear if it was the same woman or how she knew Lasarte.

In the most recent incident, Lasarte was arrested at a home on Moulton Road in Arlington after he allegedly scratched a woman’s arm with a key and bumped her in the rib cage with brass knuckles.

He allegedly told the woman, “I know where to hit you with these where there won’t be a mark,” according to an Arlington police report.

The Globe reported Monday that police planned to charge him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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