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UI Settled Twice With Assaulted Researcher

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The University of Iowa promised years of employment and benefits to a post-doctoral student who claimed she was physically and sexually assaulted by her supervising professor.

Settlement agreements released Thursday show the woman told university officials in 2008 that she'd been assaulted by assistant pathology professor Toshiki Itoh.

A jury in 2010 found Itoh guilty of assault causing bodily injury, but deadlocked on whether he was guilty of third-degree sexual abuse. He later entered an Alford Plea to that charge.

Itoh's case is well-known because he collected $200,000 while on paid leave, which outraged state lawmakers. But the university's settlements with his former assistant hadn't been known.

In a 2011 agreement, the university guaranteed her employment and benefits through 2015. A subsequent agreement last year paid her $42,000 to resign.

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