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UI: Prof 'may have grounds' for sealing records

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa will not oppose a lawsuit filed by a researcher who is trying to block the school from releasing information about a lengthy criminal investigation that closed without him being charged.

Gary Hunninghake filed the lawsuit in December seeking an injunction prohibiting university officials from disclosing records requested by The Associated Press and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Hunninghake says publication of the information would irreparably damage his reputation. Assistant Attorney General Jordan Esbrook wrote on behalf of the university last week that Hunninghake may have grounds for the injunction.

Hunninghake has been on paid leave from his $360,000 per-year job directing UI's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research since April.

A UI Police investigation ended with no charges filed, but the school has refused to release further details.

Hunninghake recently pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Illinois after he falsely reported to Chicago police that a self-inflicted stabbing was an assault.

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