The verdict in the federal civil rights trial was issued in favor of Isaac Sanders, the former vice president of advancement at East Stroudsburg University.
The Pocono Record (http://bit.ly/10Ga9qE ) said Sanders' lawyer reported that he
was elated and considers it the first step toward vindicating his
was not in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.
"A lot of terrible, terrible things have been written about Dr. Sanders
, through the jury's verdict, has been vindicated, and a lot of people owe Dr. Sanders
Three former university students claimed Sanders
offered them campus jobs and paid some of their tuition in order to groom them for sexual advances.
They alleged he
groped them, and one said Sanders
forced the student to perform oral sex on several occasions.
considered the allegation of forced oral sex "preposterous" and that he
considered it disgusting to touch another man's genitals.
was never charged with a crime, but the school fired him in 2008.
The lawsuit followed a year later.
The newspaper reported that the three plaintiffs were consoled after the verdict by friends outside the courtroom.
They had alleged Sanders
was a predator who targeted emotionally fragile young black men.