Monday, October 21, 2013

Former Student Sues Montana State Over Alleged Sex Assault From Teacher

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Montana State University has been hit with a lawsuit from a former student who says she and other women were sexually assaulted and/or harassed by a former music professor and that the professor had been previously convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old in California. The lawsuit alleges MSU "negligently hired, retained and supervised" Shuichi Komiyama and that he was required to register as a sex offender.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the woman alleges Komiyama inivted several MSU female students to drink alcohol and share his hotel room during a school-sanctioned conference in the 2010-2011 school year. The suit also alleges the teacher served alcohol to students at his house and that he raped a student at her residence in October 2010.

The woman said she complained to the school and an internal investigation found Komiyama had sexual relationships with students, served them alcohol and held power over students by threatening to withdraw scholarships or instruction time. Komiyama resigned in September 2011 after denying the allegations.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges MSU showed "deliberate indiference in hiring Komiyama without inquiring about any criminal past."

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