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Anthony Azenabor: Former UWM professor accused of sexual assault, fled the country

Anthony Azenabor
Posted at 4:34 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 17:34:48-04

MILWAUKEE — Anthony Azenabor, the former UWM professor accused of three counts of sexually assaulting his Ph.D. student, has fled the country, according to his lawyer.

After failing to attend his bond hearing July 8, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. On Thursday, his lawyer informed the court that the defendant has left the country and has "reason to believe that he will not be returning."

Azenabor was scheduled for a jury trial Aug. 19. Judge Janet Protasiewicz granted the state's requests for the final pretrial and jury trial dates to be vacated.

Azenabor was arrested in March after a graduate student of his at UW-Milwaukee accused him of sexual assault on UWM's campus in 2018. He was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault. The former student was assigned Azenabor as her program adviser in 2016.

He was facing up to 80 years in prison with a maximum of $200,000 in fines if found guilty, according to the criminal complaint.