University of Idaho releases bustamante records

Oct 26, 2011

The University of Idaho has released school records pertaining to the August shooting death of university graduate student Katy Benoit.

The information released Wednesday by the UI includes the employment records of Ernesto Bustamante, the former university professor who police say shot and killed Benoit in August before committing suicide.

"The University responded immediately and decisively to protect Katy and to remove Bustamante from our community once we were aware of her concerns," says University of Idaho President Duane Nellis.

Katy Benoit first contacted the university with complaints against Bustamante on June 10th. During the university's subsequent investigation, he admitted to sexual relationships with Benoit and other students but denied threatening Benoit with a weapon.

Bustamante stated in an e-mail on July 20th that he would resign and his employment formally concluded on August 19th, three days before the murder.

As to that tragedy, Duane Nellis said the university is not over it and will never be over it.

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