The accused ringleader of the five Columbia University students charged with selling drugs has yet to stand trial – but he’s already under his dad’s version of house arrest.
At the orders of his angry doctor dad, Harrison David, 20, has gone from the cushy Morningside Heights campus to the home of a retired city correction officer in Florida while his case winds its way through court.
“He thought it was the best environment to place his son in, with a close family friend and a disciplined fellow,” said defense lawyer Matthew Myers.
“He didn’t want him to be anywhere near the college campus or his friends,” Myers said.
An engineering major, David spent nearly two weeks behind bars after his Dec. 7 arrest – and complained that his plastic surgeon father, Dave David, wouldn’t post his $75,000 bail.
Of the five of students busted and suspended for dealing coke, LSD, Ecstasy and pot on the elite Morningside Heights campus by undercover cops, Harrison David faces the most serious felony charges – and up to 10 years behind bars.
The lawyer’s comments came after the disgraced Ivy Leaguequintet appeared before aManhattan judge Tuesday and heard that prosecutors plan to lodge more charges against them – counts related to search warrants executed after their arrest.
David faces a mandatory minimum of three years in state prison. But, Myers said his client has no prior arrests and he hopes to reach a plea deal for less time.
The other four students face less serious felony charges.
The five are due back inManhattan Supreme CourtMarch 1.