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N4T Investigators: Bootman sexual assault case settled

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Tucson - The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned that attorneys for Jesse Lyle Bootman and the woman who had claimed he sexually assaulted her have settled the civil case, and the charges have been dismissed.  The terms were not disclosed. Negotiations had been going on for several months.

Bill Walker, the alleged victim's attorney, said, "All I can tell you is the case has been settled to our satisfaction."

Jon Saffer, Bootman's lawyer, told us, "The case has been settled to Dr. Bootman's satisfaction and the civil claims against my client have been dismissed." Both declined on-camera interviews.

The two sides agreed to dismiss the civil case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought again. The criminal charges against Bootman were dropped last October by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. The case had been transferred there from the Pima Count Attorney's Office after Bootman's lawyers claimed the Pima County Sheriff's Department was biased in favor of Bootman's accuser. Montgomery didn't think he could get a conviction, apparently because the woman spent a weekend in San Diego in a condominium Bootman owned. The alleged victim said she stayed there alone and Bootman was only an acquaintance. Bootman's lawyers claimed the two "spent the night" in a "romantic relationship."

While the criminal charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be filed again, that seems unlikely, So, this two and a half-year saga is apparently over. It began in October of 2015, when they (she's 47, Bootman is 67), ran into each other at a Foothills restaurant. She said Bootman gave her a sleeping bill and sexually assaulted her in his home. The sheriff's department incident report says the woman woke up with a broken nose, injured knee and cut lip. According to sheriff department reports, Bootman told the woman she must have fallen during the night. Bootman was indicted on five felony charges, before the Maricopa County Attorney dropped all of them.

Bootman has never publicly commented on the criminal or civil case other than saying through his attorneys that he is not guilty. He was replaced as the dean of the UA College of Pharmacy after he was charged. He is still a faculty member, on paid administrative leave, making $253,000 per year.

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