Two weeks after the revelation of a past conviction of Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse of a patient by the President of Ithaca College Shirley Collado the campus remains quiet. That stands in sharp contrast to the passionate demonstrations more than two years ago when students did not like the way the previous IC President handled issues of diversity.
Faculty members say the good will built by President Collado during her first year on the job has helped retain support for her even as previously unreleased specific details were revealed of a Federal investigation into her actions.
Documents from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia show Shirley Collado signed her name to a plea of guilty in 2001. The U.S. Attorney noted in the spring of 2000 Collado committed the following crime. “She engaged in sexual contact with the victim. She touched the victim’s breast outside of the victim’s clothing with the back of her hand with the intent to gratify the sexual desire of the victim. “
The description continues, “Collado knew that the sexual contact was without the victim’s permission and at the time of the sexual contact the victim was an in-patient at a psychiatric hospital.” That hospital was know as The Center in Washington D.C.
Prosecutor Sharon Marcus-Kurn wrote in the government’s sentencing memorandum that according to the patient the first kiss was after a therapy session. Then a relationship ensued between Collado and the victim that included fondling.
Court papers show the patient moved into Collado’s home for several months and kept a journal detailing encounters. Legal foot notes show two other therapists at The Center believed the claims.
One therapist contacted this week, who did not want to be identified said, “the patient is very credible.” The therapist criticized President Collado for not giving a complete account. “Dr. Collado is very charismatic. She can carry the day because of that. She put the statement out ahead of time. It diminished some of the response.”
Ithaca College President Shirley Collado declined to do an interview for this story. The college says she will stand by the remarks she has made to alumni, faculty, students and staff on campus. She did do an interview with The Ithacan which was first to report the story.
President Collado issued a 12 paragraph explanation and denial of the charges to which she pled guilty – no contest in 2001.
“The accusations in the court documents are simply not true. If I had had more resources and was not dealing with my significant loss, I probably would have fought the charge.”
“I want to unequivocally state now, as I did then, that the accusations in the court documents are simply not true. If I had had more resources and was not dealing with my significant loss, I probably would have fought the charge.”
The Ithaca College Board of Trustees has also voiced its continued support for President Collado.