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Former BYU, UVU professor sentenced in sex abuse case

A former adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University will serve jail time for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 2010.
A former adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University will serve jail time for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 2010.
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PROVO — A former adjunct professor at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University will serve jail time for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 2010.

In July, Michio Zushi, 55, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, as part of a plea bargain. He was ordered Monday to serve 210 days in jail.

Zushi was sentenced to serve the first 60 days of his sentence in the Utah County Jail, but could qualify to spend the rest of his sentence on home confinement wearing a GPS monitoring device. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,073 and was placed on 36 months probation.

Zushi inappropriately touched the 12-year-old girl over a period of time between August 2010 and August 2011. Zushi admitted to the abuse after the girl reported it to police, according to charging documents.

Zushi was an adjunct professor and taught one class during the Spring 2014 semester at BYU. When the university was informed of the abuse charge, he was no longer teaching, and his contract was not renewed, according to a BYU spokesman. He also taught Japanese calligraphy at UVU.

— Morgan Jacobsen