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UPDATE: Charges dismissed against UW-Madison staff member


MADISON (WKOW) -- Charges of sexual assault and false imprisonment against a UW-Madison researcher were dismissed Monday, just days before his scheduled trial.

Earlier this year, authorities said 32-year old Saeed Aghdam sexually touched a teenage, Japanese exchange student, as he showed her his office at UW Hospital. Authorities also said Aghdam prevented her escape.

But Aghdam's attorney, Mark Frank tells 27 News surveillance camera video and key card data helped support Aghdam's claims of innocence. Frank says Aghdam left the hospital briefly during the time period when authorities say the incident took place.

Dane County district attorney Ismael Ozanne has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News on why he agreed to the dismissal of the charges.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas says Aghdam was placed on leave after his arrest, but reinstated to his position with the School of Medicine and Public Health Oct. 11. Lucas did not explain what prompted Aghdam's reinstatement, as Aghdam awaited trial


MADISON (WKOW) -- Court records state a UW-Madison staff member's sex assault of a foreign exchange student took place at his work place in UW Hospital.

Records state 32-year old Saeed Aghdam of Madison took a 19-year old foreign exchange student to his work space with the department of ophthalmology and visual services in the hospital as part of introducing the woman to Madison at the request of her host family.

Authorities say Aghdam touched the woman's breasts over her clothes, kissed and hugged her, even though the woman protested.

Court records say Aghdam showed the woman images of a naked man on a computer, and blocked any possible exit by the student.

Aghdam is charged with felony false imprisonment, and two misdemeanor charges, including fourth degree sexual assault.

But in a court filing as part of the woman's attempt to obtain a permanent, restraining order against Aghdam, Aghdam's attorney maintains a female co-worker was present during the exchange student's time with Aghdam at the hospital, and may contradict the woman's claims.

Aghdam is out on bail on his signature after the surrender of his passport, and is due in court later this month. UW-Madison officials have placed him on leave.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW-Madison Police Department says its officers arrested a UW employee accused of fourth degree sexual assault.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Saeed Aghdam on July 6.He's accused of making unwanted sexual contact with an acquaintance earlier in the day at the Clinical Sciences Center.

Court records show Aghdam is charged with felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor fourth degree sexual assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Charges were filed Tuesday, July 9.

UW police say Aghdam was released the following day with bail restrictions.

Aghdam has been placed on leave from the UW as the university begins its personnel investigation.

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