Temple physicist "relieved" after charges dropped

A Temple University physicist who had been accused of selling sensitive technical defense information to China said Saturday that he was gratified that prosecutors had decided to drop charges.

In a statement, Xiaoxing Xi said he was "relieved that the justice system has done its work and the threat of criminal prosecution of me has been lifted."

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Xiaoxing Xi remained on Temple's faculty.

Xi had been charged in May with four counts of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday to dismiss the case.

"I am innocent," Xi said. "I have done nothing more than common academic collaborations practiced by so many colleagues every day."

- Stephan Salisbury