Toshiki Itoh

Paid Leave Policy for Accused UI Faculty Mirrors Rest of Big Ten

The University of Iowa has started a review that could lead to a change in its judicial process for professors put on paid leave while under investigation for misconduct allegations.

The university has granted seven such leaves since 2005, including four that are still current, according to Associate Counsel Robert Porter. One of the four involves an assistant pathology professor, who was convicted in district court in October of assaulting his lab assistant but continues drawing his $93,000 annual salary.

Prosecutor Seeks Retrial in Itoh Case

The Johnson County Attorney’s offce is seeking a retrial of the case involving University of Iowa professor, Toshiki Itoh, guilty on a charge of abusing his lab assistant.

Toshiki Itoh

Attorneys Make Final Arguments in Itoh Case, Verdict Expected Tuesday

In the last day of Toshiki Itoh’s exhausting trial for sexually and physically assaulting his lab assistant, the attorneys made their closing arguments and sent the jury out of the courtroom to begin a deliberation process that will continue tomorrow.

Referring to a PowerPoint display of photos of the lab assistant’s bruises and statements of apparent admission by the defendant, prosecuting attorney Elizabeth Beglin asked the jury to find Itoh guilty on all counts.

UI Professor Denies Sexual Abuse, Assault

Testifying in his own defense in Johnson County District Court, Assistant Prof. Toshiki Itoh said Thursday he did not assault and sexually abuse his lab assistant as the woman had alleged earlier in the trial.

Itoh, 47, a member of the faculty at University of Iowa’s pathology department, said he never twisted her breast with a paper clip and denied that he ever threatened to fire her. Earlier in the day, Itoh’s wife, Yuka Itoh, said she and her husband treated the lab assistant as a sister who came to their home on the holidays.

UI Professor Assaulted Lab Assistant Many Times, Alleged Victim Testifies

University of Iowa medical personnel testified Tuesday that a lab assistant to a professor had been beaten and sexually assaulted by her supervisor numerous times over a period of one and half years in 2007 and 2008.

Testifying in the trial of Assistant Professor Toshiki Itoh, 47, who is accused of sexual abuse in the third degree and two counts of assault causing bodily injury, student health physician Marina Usacheva said the lab assistant told her she had been “hit and kicked by her boss” and said that he had touched her breasts.


Two Years Paid Leave, No Spotlight for UI Professor on Trial for Sexual Abuse

In another case involving a University of Iowa faculty member and allegations of sexual misconduct, an assistant professor who has been on paid leave for two years went on trial to face charges that he assaulted and sexually abused his lab assistant.
Toshiki Itoh, 47, a faculty member in the Department of Pathology, draws a salary of $93,000 a year and was put on paid leave after he was charged in 2008.