April 2, 2004
Neither the University of Iowa nor the UI football program encouraged or facilitated a sexual relationship between a football recruit and a young woman during the recruit’s visit to the UI last fall, Iowa Deputy Attorney General Douglas R. Marek said today in a written report to UI President David Skorton.
Marek’s report, in the form of a letter to Skorton, states:
“You asked me on March 8 to investigate allegations that the University of Iowa assisted in arranging a sexual encounter between a football recruit and a young woman in the course of his official visit to the university. The allegations arose in stories published by the Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury, and related to statements made by prospective student athlete Nick Patton. The University of Iowa hosted Mr. Patton as a football recruit on the weekend of September 20 to 22, 2003. I completed my investigation today and have concluded that the allegations are without merit. Neither the university nor the football program encouraged or facilitated any sexual activity for Mr. Patton during or after his visit.”
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