Former UI professor Itoh to be sentenced today

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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The sentencing hearing for a former University of Iowa assistant professor accused of abusing a former research assistant is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.

Toshiki Itoh, 47, entered an Alford Plea to the charge of intent to commit sexual abuse last month. He was originally charged with third-degree sexual abuse.

A jury found Itoh guilty of two counts of assault with intent to cause bodily injury, but it was hung on the sexual-abuse charge. Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness said the state is seeking a two-year suspended sentence, and Itoh, who is not a U.S. citizen, was advised these are deportable offenses.

Itoh resigned his position from the UI in February after being on paid administrative leave.

— by Hayley Bruce

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