University Investigates Instructor's Past Sex Crime

July 11, 2016

Plymouth State University officials say that they were shocked to learn last week that Zak Allan Brohinsky, a part-time faculty member in geography, was convicted 10 years ago of lewd sex acts against a fellow undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, The Union Leader reported. Brohinsky was among three undergraduates who ejaculated onto a sleeping female student. He pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment and received a 75-day jail sentence. The incident prompted changes in Connecticut's sex crimes laws, which at the time had a loophole for incidents in which there was no direct contact. Plymouth State officials said that they were surprised the incident didn't come up in a background check on Brohinsky when he was a new employee.

He told the newspaper: "What I did was very immature, it hurt the woman involved very much when she found out, and it's still difficult to talk about now. I didn't use a lot of judgment …. But I owned up to it, and I've worked very hard since then to become a responsible, professional person."

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