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Woman sues former FIU professor for damages stemming from alleged rape

FIU business professor David Ralston
FIU business professor David Ralston

With former Florida International University business professor David Ralston’s criminal rape case pending, Ralston’s alleged victim and her husband filed a civil suit against him in Lee County court.

In the lawsuit, filed Sept. 2, the woman claims, among other things, great physical pain and suffering; inability to lead and enjoy a normal life; permanent injury; and loss of earning capacity. Her husband claims that since the rape, he has “lost the care, comfort, society, consortium, companionship and services of his wife,” according to the suit. The suit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $15,000.

Ralston, whom FIU fired Sept. 12 according to a Tuesday e-mail from FIU, is accused of drugging the woman while she was at his Fort Myers house to clean it on April 29. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her, according to police records. In the arrest warrant, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office says it recovered Ralston’s home surveillance camera video that includes 27 minutes of Ralston sexually assaulting the woman on his patio deck.

Ralston, who has two homes in Broward, pleaded not guilty after U.S. Marshals took him into custody June 16 at a Fort Lauderdale Days Inn.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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