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Judge tosses college assault suit amid more rape charges

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 16:18:10-04

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit brought by a former Marshall University student has failed to show the school could be held legally liable for allegedly mishandling an on-campus rape case.

District Judge Robert C. Chambers on Tuesday filed an order explaining that he threw out Alicia Gonzales ‘ case because it didn’t show Marshall was “deliberately indifferent.”

Gonzales says she was raped in 2016 by fellow student Joseph Chase Hardin. He was convicted of battery in the case.

Her civil suit said the school had botched a disciplinary process and let Hardin remain on campus.

A college spokeswoman says Marshall is satisfied with the decision and has maintained the school followed state law and federal regulations in the case.

Hardin was expelled last month after new sexual assault charges emerged .