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Montana State Settles Lawsuit Over Sexual Harassment

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University has agreed to pay $175,000 to a former student who filed a civil lawsuit alleging the school was negligent in hiring a convicted sex offender as a music teacher.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports MSU did not admit liability and settled the case earlier this month to avoid further litigation. 

A university investigation found assistant professor Shuichi Komiyama had an intimate relationship with the woman. She said she felt she had to give in to his sexual advances to further her career. He was hired in 2006 and resigned in September 2011.

MSU earlier paid the woman $75,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim brought before the Human Rights Bureau.

Komiyama pleaded guilty in 1990 to two felonies for having a sexual relationship with a California high school student when he was in his early 20s.

Information from Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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