Former associate UI professor accused of breaking no-contact order


Iowa City Police say a former associate professor at the University of Iowa violated a no-contact order by entering a business that employs his ex-wife.

According to arrest records, 57-year-old Horacio Fernando Olivo Hernandez of MacBride Drive entered Panda Express on Highway 1 West just after 8pm on September 15th. Police say Olivo Hernandez’s ex-wife works at the restaurant, and his visit to the establishment was caught on security video.

Olivo Hernandez was accused of physically assaulting his then-wife at the couple’s home in January of 2018. She also claimed her husband belittled her by making fun of her job, her poor English-speaking skills and her then-17-year-old daughter. He also allegedly stole her identity and citizenship papers, which UI Police later recovered.

Olivo Hernandez was charged with Domestic Abuse Assault Without Intent Causing Injury. He reached a plea deal and was given credit for time served. Court records show he has since faced other no-contact order violations and stalking charges.

Olivo Hernandez was an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics. He is no longer listed in online UI directories.