UI won’t turn over report on Hunninghake probe

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 09, 2010 7:10 AM

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The University of Iowa is refusing to release a report regarding the criminal investigation of UI Professor Gary Hunninghake, according to the Associated Press.

UI police said they have concluded their seven-month investigation into the professor, and prosecutors have decided not to bring charges.

Hunninghake had been on paid leave by the university at his yearly salary of $360,000.

The Associated Press reports UI Associate Counsel Robert Porter rejected the AP’s requests for the investigative report. Porter said the university had conferred with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, then decided the contents of the report should remain confidential.

AP reported that Charles Green, the assistant vice president for the UI police, said the reason the report has been kept confidential was because a judge ordered the search warrants sealed.

"The only reasonable thing to do while those search warrants are sealed is to also keep our reports confidential," Green told The Daily Iowan earlier this month.

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 Max Freund

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