Sacred Heart U. Apologizes for Saying Wrong Man Was a Rape Suspect

Sacred Heart University apologized on Wednesday for distributing the name and photograph of a man wrongfully connected to the off-campus sexual assault of a student.

The Connecticut university’s apology was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit brought by Gary Douglas, who was accused of the assault in leaflets posted last April around the campus, according to The Connecticut Post. Neither Mr. Douglas’s lawyer nor the university commented on the specifics of the case, except to confirm the settlement and the apology.

Mr. Douglas appeared in a leaflet, issued by the university, that accused him of the rape of a 19-year-old student last spring. Another man was arrested and awaits trial for the assault. According to Mr. Douglas’s lawsuit, he had asked the university to retract the leaflets but it had refused to do so.

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