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Former Penn Neurosurgery professor Tracy McIntosh -- who was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months of house arrest for sexual assault -- is now facing a civil suit from co-workers in the Head Injury Center, a Penn facility of which he was once the director.

In addition, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham has asked Judge Rayford Means to change McIntosh's sentence -- for an assault on a 23-year-old woman in his Hayden Hall office -- to at least 5 1/2 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Gina Smith, who had anticipated a three- to six-year judgment, said last week that she "thought that the sentence addressed protective and deterrent needs but was a little light on the retribution."

The civil suit -- brought by attorney Jack Meyerson (correction) on behalf of lab manager Robin Armstrong, administrative coordinator Jeanne Marks and professor Kathryn Saatman -- began before the women even knew of the sexual assault.

Meyerson could not be reached for comment.

Armstrong and Marks confronted McIntosh in November 2002, complaining of sexual behavior toward his female students and co-workers.

The complaint resulted in an internal University investigation that found no wrongdoing on McIntosh's part.

Six months later, another investigation was conducted after McIntosh's sexual assault victim came forward.

Abraham asked Means to increase McIntosh's sentence to jail time in the criminal case for McIntosh's Sept. 6, 2002, sexual assault of the niece of a close friend.

The victim was on deferred admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine.

McIntosh pleaded no contest to sexual assault and drug charges, which the victim brought after she alleged that McIntosh took her to his Hayden Hall office after a night of heavy drinking, provided her with marijuana and sexually assaulted her.

In December, 52-year-old McIntosh resigned from his professorship as well as his position at the Head Injury Center.

In addition to being sentenced to house arrest in his Media residence, McIntosh was fined $20,000 and forced to pay an additional $20,000 toward psychological therapy for the victim.

He will also be on probation for 10 years after his period of house arrest.

Considered one of the nation's leading experts on brain injuries, McIntosh will be forbidden from taking on future supervisory roles.

McIntosh -- who turned himself in to the police the day after he went on leave from the University in April 2003 -- has two children.

Correction This article incorrectly reported that a civil suit against the former professor is being brought by Robin Armstrong, Jeanne Marks and Kathryn Saatman - with Jack Meyerson serving as their lawyer.ÿJack Meyerson represents the woman who was the victim of the sexual assault, who is suing both McIntosh and the University.

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