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N4T Investigators: Former UA dean loses round in court

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Tucson – A defeat in court today for Jesse Bootman.

Lawyers for the former U of A College of Pharmacy dean had filed a Motion to Suppress evidence, specifically the search warrant of his home, in his sexual assault case. Defense attorney Josh Hamilton said in Pima County Superior Court, “It's not one little point that we're mitigating. It's a huge colossal point.”

Bootman's attorneys said the alleged victim made conflicting statements the day after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the former dean. They wanted the search warrant for Bootman's home thrown out of evidence. The warrant described bloody linens, a sex toy and lubricant on Bootman's night stand. The two-he's 65, she's 45, were acquaintances and ran into each other last October at a restaurant at La Encantada mall. Bootman's lawyer said the alleged victim told an urgent care nurse that she blacked out in the mall parking lot, before going to Bootman's house. But sheriff's department investigators say the woman told them she blacked out in Bootman's home.

 Hamilton said, “If the first statement is true, she blacked out in the parking lot, the second cannot be true. That she went to Dr. Bootman's house, had a drink, there was something in the drink, she blacked out there.”

Bootman has pleaded not guilty to all charges: Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Aggravated Assault, Administration of a Dangerous Drug, and Kidnapping. 

The alleged victim says she and Bootman were naked when she woke up in his bed the next morning, with a broken nose and other injuries. Prosecutor Dan South said there was probable cause to search Bootman's foothills home; Judge Richard Nichols agreed.

Judge Nichols said, “There was sufficient information provided by the alleged victim to support the issuance of a search warrant, and for those reasons the Motion to Suppress is denied.”

So the search warrant and all its details remains in this case. Bootman resigned from his $287,000 a year job at the UA in April. The criminal trial is scheduled to begin in February of 2017. Bootman is also being sued by the alleged victim, in a civil case. 
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