Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Denison University, former student resolve case about assault allegations

A lawsuit between an expelled student and Denison University about allegations of sexual assault has been settled, but attorneys said the terms of the agreement are confidential.

Joseph Galano Jr. filed a lawsuit in May 2010 against Denison for unfairly expelling him, and two young women for alleging he sexually assaulted them.

Galano said Denison officials knew the women's statements used to expel him were false.

No criminal charges have been filed against Galano, who is not enrolled at the university.

The lawsuit prompted the Licking County Prosecutor's Office to implement a memorandum of understanding with Denison and Granville police to improve communication about crime on campus.

Galano's attorney, Eric Rosenberg, said his client was satisfied with the resolution, a sentiment echoed by Seth Patton, Denison's vice president of finance and management.

"We're glad it's resolved," Patton said.

Link: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20111117/NEWS01/111170348