- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A prize-winning scientist has resigned from the University of California, Irvine after the school found he sexually harassed four women.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday that Francisco J. Ayala resigned effective July 1. The paper says Ayala couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Ayala is a geneticist and former Dominican priest who won the Templeton Prize, which honors people for contributing to human spiritual progress.

UC Irvine began investigating last fall after complaints that Ayala had improperly touched or made sexual or sexist comments to women. Last month, the university concluded that he’d harassed a professor, an assistant teaching professor, an assistant dean and a graduate student.

In 2011, Ayala donated $10 million to a biological sciences building. UC Irvine says his name has been removed from the building.


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