Iowa Professor Quits After Assault Conviction

University of Iowa assistant pathology professor Toshiki Itoh was convicted Oct. 26, 2010, on two counts of assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor. (AP Photo/University of Iowa)

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By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A University of Iowa assistant professor who has been on paid leave since July 2008 while being prosecuted on assault and sex-abuse charges has resigned.

The university canceled disciplinary action against Toshiki Itoh after he resigned in a letter on Jan. 3.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the agreement between Itoh and the university says a university investigation concluded there was probable cause that Itoh had violated the school policy on violence and sexual harassment.

The resignation takes effect Wednesday.

Itoh was found guilty in October of two counts of assault on a female lab assistant in 2007. The jury could not agree on a verdict for a charge of sexual abuse, and Itoh is scheduled to be retried on that charge. Trial is set for April 11.

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