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State v. Mr. Z (DMC No. 15853)

State v. Mr. Z (DMC No. 15853) – Sexual Abuse Allegations – Dismissed at Title 9 Hearing – Arizona State University (Case No. 12XXXXXX93):  Mr. Z was a student at Arizona State University who had been treated for schizophrenia.  He was on various types of medication that would sometimes combine and result in inappropriate actions to be undertaken by Mr. Z.  To complicate matters, the actions would become even worse if he went off the medications cold turkey.  On the date of the incident, Mr. Z thought he heard people and voices in a neighboring dorm room.  He went inside the dorm and stood inside the closet, and was discovered by two female students as he was standing there naked.  He was ultimately arrested for indecent exposure.

We were able to have the criminal charges dismissed due to Mr. Z’s condition.  However, the school issued an immediate suspension and set the case to a Title IX Hearing.  Once we appeared and presented all the evidence regarding Mr. Z’s underlying mental health issues, the school dismissed the charges against him.  Once he was treated and his condition was regulated, he was allowed to resume classes at Arizona State University.

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