SCRANTON, Pa. – The Latest on the Pennsylvania state university administrator dismissed regarding the alleged sexual misconduct with students (all local times):
A former state university administrator has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Pennsylvania higher education agency, claiming that it fired him for sexual misconduct with students on the basis of unfounded “rumors and innuendo.”
Isaac Sanders, who is black, claims he suffered a “public lynching” when East Stroudsburg University fired him ten years ago as a result of a research carried out by an external law firm.
Sanders is seeking $50 million from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the agency that oversees East Stroudsburg and 13 other public universities. He also wants to be vice-president of the job back.
Six students filed a federal lawsuit against Sanders, who claimed that he sexually abused and assaulted. A jury sided with Sanders, and the students lost their appeal.
A System spokesman says the agency cannot comment on pending litigation.
Pennsylvania is the force of three former state university students who say they were sexually abused by a high ranking administrator to pay $10,000 in court costs after a jury ruled against them in their federal lawsuit nearly four years ago.
Their lawyer is denouncing the legal maneuver outrageous and vindictive and says he will appeal.
The attorney-general’s office, representative of East Stroudsburg University, says it is “standard procedure” to seek reimbursement of the costs of the court.
East Stroudsburg dismissed former Vice President Isaac Sanders in 2008, after an investigation by the Pennsylvania higher education agency. But a jury ruled against the plaintiffs after 2014 trial. This week, the court in East Stroudsburg’s request to recover her legal costs from former students.