UNL reassigns assistant professor accused of sexual assault



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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has reassigned an assistant professor accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy.

University spokesman Steve Smith tells the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1wtbV69 ) that 33-year-old Jeff A. Hawks has been reassigned to faculty duties that don't involve working with students. He had been a research assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering since 2011.

Hawks, a Lincoln youth baseball coach, was charged Tuesday with third-degree sexual assault of a child. Reports say the sexual abuse occurred during stretching exercises at a training session sometime between August and December.

Hawks has also been removed from his role in the Lincoln Sox youth baseball organization.

Hawks was released from jail Wednesday and has been ordered to avoid unsupervised contact with any unrelated child younger than 16.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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