- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Trial has begun in federal court in northeastern Pennsylvania in a civil rights lawsuit in which three men allege they were sexually harassed and assaulted by a former state university administrator while they were students.

Isaac Sanders was fired from East Stroudsburg University six years ago following an investigation by the agency that oversees state-owned universities. He has consistently denied wrongdoing.

The three accusers, now in their 20s and early 30s, call him a predator who used his position of power and influence to victimize them. They allege he dangled scholarships and campus jobs, then either pressured students for sex or committed sexual assaults.

Sanders’ attorney said in his opening statement Monday that his client did nothing improper and was the victim of rumors and what he called “malicious gossip.”

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