- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - A student in Ohio is suing the university that suspended him after he sent dozens of text messages to a female classmate, including some making sexual advances.

Ohio University suspended 20-year-old Michael Marshall for one semester this year after saying that he broke its rules against sexual misconduct. A university panel found that Marshall made the woman uncomfortable and disrupted her ability to focus on academics.

The federal lawsuit filed this week says the university violated Marshall’s free speech rights.

Ohio University isn’t commenting on the lawsuit.

Marshall’s attorney tells The Columbus Dispatch that the honors student could have used better judgment in sending some of the texts, but he also says that Marshall stopped texting the woman once the university told him to stop.

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