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University apologizes for misidentifying man as rape suspect

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FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University is apologizing for wrongly identifying a local man as the suspect in a rape case.

The Connecticut Post reports that Sacred Heart University issued an apology to a Bridgeport man, as part of a settlement to resolve his $1 million defamation lawsuit against the school.

In April, school officials posted the man’s name and photograph on a flyer naming him as the suspect in the off-campus rape of a female student. The school’s apology acknowledges that the man had no involvement in the case and was mistakenly identified. Another man now awaits trial in the case.

A lawyer for the man and a university spokeswoman said they couldn’t provide further details about the settlement.

Sacred Heart is a private, Roman Catholic university that enrolls about 8,000 students.