LANGSTON — A week after confirming a forensic examination of a Langston University administrator's computer would be conducted, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials said no such examination will take place.
OSBI officials plan to return the computer belonging to Langston and assigned to Charles King, the university's vice president for institutional advancement and development, without conducting the examination, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Wednesday.
Brown said Aug. 8 that the bureau planned to examine the computer for anything illegal that may have been on it. The proposed examination came at the request of Langston campus police, she said. Brown wouldn't give the reason for the police department's request.
Campus police department members also wouldn't explain why they asked OSBI to examine the computer.
On Wednesday, Brown said OSBI investigators determined no examination was necessary and that the bureau had no plans to open an investigation against King. Brown wouldn't give the reason the examination was deemed unnecessary.
“There are many investigative means agents use to glean information,” Brown said in an email. “An agent uses the information to determine how to or if to proceed.”
The Oklahoman submitted an open records request to Langston on Aug. 9 for all records pertaining to the department's possession of the computer. School officials denied that request.
On Wednesday, The Oklahoman submitted a second open records request for an incident report and call logs generated by the department when it took possession of King's computer.
Under Oklahoma's open records law, public entities, including Langston, are required to make police incident reports and call logs available for public inspection. The Oklahoman's second request is pending.
Despite repeated requests, Langston officials will not disclose King's employment status at the university. In his capacity as vice president, King was or is involved with recruiting, marketing and fundraising for the university and maintaining the university's relationships with alumni.
According to online state employment records posted in March — the most recent month available — King's annual salary is just shy of $100,000, although on the university's website, the page titled “VP for Institutional Advancement & Development” does not include a listing or mention of King.
King also served as director of the Langston Community Development Association and was involved with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
According to a 2010 Alpha Phi Alpha regional newsletter, King served as a chairman of the Alpha Youth Leadership Academy, a program that brings teenage boys to campus during the summer.
An up-to-date telephone listing for King could not be found.