U of M law professor charged with sex assault
Published 8:56 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS — A University of Minnesota law professor is charged with sexually assaulting and stalking a woman.
Fifty-four-year-old Francesco Parisi of Minneapolis was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking. He is in jail and due in court today.
According to the complaint, the woman told police in late January that a man she dated for several months in 2014 and early 2015 was stalking her and tried to run her over with his SUV.
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The complaint said in January 2015, the man allegedly grabbed the woman and slammed her to the floor. She had a seizure and when she awoke, she said the man was sexually assaulting her.
Parisi’s attorney, Barry Edwards, calls the charges baseless.
According to a press release, Parisi has taught law at the university since 2006.