Ex-university president's unwanted hugs deemed sexual harassment

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An investigation by the University of Texas System has determined Ricardo Romo violated sexual harassment policies.

An investigation by the University of Texas System has determined Ricardo Romo violated sexual harassment policies when he served as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

University records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News show three women who worked under Romo described his hugging as "disgusting" and even physically hurtful.

A report submitted by an investigator says Romo expressed surprise when told that one of his employees found the hugs inappropriate.

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Romo was placed on leave in February and then resigned weeks later, ahead of his pending retirement.

The UT System had not previously released details of the allegations against Romo.

Romo's attorney, Ricardo Cedillo, says the investigation was deeply flawed and amounted to a "character assassination."

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