Student whose rape charge got dismissed sues Augustana again

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A student whose charges including rape were dismissed earlier this year has sued Augustana University for a second time.

The Argus Leader ( ) reports Koh Evan Tsuruta (sur-OO'-tah) has filed a federal lawsuit against the university in Sioux Falls seeking damages for loss of educational opportunities, emotional injury and future income.

Tsuruta was expelled from the university when he was charged with rape, simple assault and false imprisonment after a woman he had been drinking with in July 2015 said he raped her. The charges were dismissed in March.

Tsuruta first sued the school in October to halt proceedings to expel him until his criminal case was resolved. A federal judge denied his request and the lawsuit was dismissed.

The university on Thursday did not immediately provide a comment to the newspaper regarding the second lawsuit.


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