Pharmacy Dean Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Dean Jessie Lyle Bootman has been indicted on felony sexual assault charges, following accusations that he attacked a woman at his house.

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Dean Jessie Lyle Bootman has been indicted on felony sexual assault charges, following accusations that he attacked a woman at his house.

Bootman was arraigned on October 28, 2015, and pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and aggravated assault, The Arizona Daily Star reported.

The woman told investigators that she had drinks with a friend on October 2, 2015, and Bootman, a business acquaintance of hers, approached them.

Bootman bought the woman and her friend a drink, and then invited the woman to see his house since she worked in real estate. At the house, Bootman gave her another drink and a tour.

The last thing the woman remembered was trying to get her purse to leave, blacking out, and then waking up the next morning with blood on her hand and face.

When the woman asked Bootman what he had done to her nose, he allegedly said to her, “You must have scratched it,” The Arizona Daily Star reported.

She went to the Tuscon Medical Center, where medical personnel determined she had a broken nose, serious bruising, and injuries to her lip and knee, according to The Arizona Daily Star.

Detectives searched Bootman’s house for evidence of sexual assault and date-rape drugs and found incriminating evidence but did not specify what it was, the paper reported.

The woman told law enforcement that she did not have a prior sexual relationship with Bootman and did not give consent.

The University of Arizona put Bootman on paid administrative leave from his position as dean, for which he is paid $287,000 a year, according to The Arizona Daily Star.

As of October 30, 2015, Bootman was still listed on the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s website as its dean.

After being released from court on October 28, 2015, Bootman was ordered not to administer drugs while his case is before the court.

His attorney Brad Roach told the paper that his client denies the allegations and is “shocked and saddened that anyone would make claims against him or his conduct.”