UI won't press charges against doctor arrested in Chicago

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 03, 2010 7:20 AM

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The University of Iowa will not file charges against a professor who has been on paid leave since April, said Charles Green, the assistant vice president for the UI police.

Gary Hunninghake, 64, had been under investigation by UI police since April 22; the university put him on paid leave on April 23. His annual salary is $360,688.

The case is closed, and no files will be released regarding the search warrants or details of the case, Green said.

Green said Hunninghake and his attorney asked the court to keep the search warrants sealed, and the judge granted the request.

"The only reasonable thing to do while those search warrants are sealed to also keep our reports confidential," Green said.

In a different case, Hunninghake allegedly falsely reported being stabbed to Chicago police. He was later charged.

Reports said Hunninghake told officers he was jogging in Chicago early in the morning on April 24 when three men threatened him and demanded his wallet.

Hunninghake said the men stabbed him numerous times, but officers later said they believed the story had been fabricated and the wounds were self-inflicted.

Hunninghake turned himself in to Chicago police; he will face trial Dec. 20.

— by Hayley Bruce

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