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N4T Investigators: Bootman's sex assault trial delayed

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Tucson - The sexual assault trial for the former dean of the UA College of Pharmacy has been delayed. 

Jesse Bootman is charged with five felonies, including sexual assault, giving the alleged victim a dangerous drug, and kidnapping. Bootman, 65, has pleaded not guilty to all charges stemming from the October, 2015 incident, and said the sex was consensual. Court records show the alleged victim suffered a broken nose and other injuries. 

 The trial had been scheduled to begin on Feb. 14. In a brief hearing in Pima County Superior Court this morning, Judge Richard Nichols said he will hear defense motions to suppress evidence at a hearing on Feb. 27. No new trial date was scheduled.

Bootman is also being sued by the alleged victim in a civil case; no date has been set for that trial. 

According to a UA spokesman, Bootman was earning $287,000 a year as the pharmacy college dean at the UA before being placed on paid administrative leave last year. He was replaced as dean but still receives his faculty salary of $253,263 while the legal process plays out.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators will continue to follow this story and provide updates as the cases wind their way through the courts.

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