- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut university is apologizing for wrongly identifying a local man as the suspect in a rape case.

The Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/2jF5Klc ) that Sacred Heart University issued an apology to 29-year-old Gary Douglas, of Bridgeport, as part of a settlement to resolve his $1 million defamation lawsuit against the school.

In April, school officials posted Douglas‘ name and photograph on a flyer naming him as the suspect in the off-campus rape of a female student. The school’s apology acknowledges that Douglas had no involvement in the case and was mistakenly identified. Another man now awaits trial in the case.

A lawyer for Douglas and a university spokeswoman said they couldn’t provide further details about the settlement.

Sacred Heart is a private, Roman Catholic university that enrolls about 8,000 students.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com


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