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UVa professor retires after sex harassment panel findings

December 14, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A University of Virginia professor who was found to have violated policy by having inappropriate sexual contact with a student is retiring.

News outlets report a Dec. 7 letter from a disciplinary review panel found English professor John Casey kissed and touched a female undergraduate student in 2001, and had sex with her while she was likely taking his class. The panel called his conduct “reprehensible,” citing the power dynamic.

The panel cleared Casey on sexual assault charges, saying “the passage of time” meant there wasn’t enough information.

The panel recommended Casey’s dismissal. On Tuesday, the 79-year-old announced he was resigning, effective immediately. He said he was “delighted” the panel rejected the rape allegations.

The university is continuing to investigate other students’ allegations against Casey. He’s been on leave since December 2017.

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