‘A grave abuse’: Holy Cross investigation finds former organ teacher accountable for sexual misconduct

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‘A grave abuse’: Holy Cross investigation finds former organ teacher accountable for sexual misconduct

An internationally famend organist and former teacher at Worcester’s College of the Holy Cross has been discovered accountable for a number of cases of sexual harassment and misconduct, the varsity introduced Tuesday.

James David Christie resigned from his place as artist-in-residence and teacher at Holy Cross final yr after he was accused of misconduct. The college started an investigation regardless of his departure.

Holy Cross president Rev. Philip L. Boroughs wrote in a Tuesday assertion that the varsity discovered Christie’s actions “represent a serious violation of our standards for conduct and a grave abuse of Mr. Christie’s position at the College.”

Christie additionally performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years, performed at Wellesley College, and taught at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio.

Oberlin carried out the same investigation into Christie final yr after receiving a report that he engaged in inappropriate habits with its college students. After Christie additionally resigned from that school, its investigation concluded that “Mr. Christie in all likelihood grossly abused his position of trust” and violated a number of school insurance policies.

A press release from the Boston Symphony Orchestra referred to as Holy Cross’s latest findings “deeply disturbing” and stated the group ended its relationship with Christie after allegations surfaced final yr.

The Boston Globe reported that former Holy Cross college students wrote Boroughs a letter in August 2018 saying Christie was “an imminent danger to students on your campus.” Both the Holy Cross and Oberlin investigations into the organist started shortly thereafter.

Multiple Holy Cross alums informed The Boston Globe tales of undesirable touching and inappropriate feedback from Christie. At least two informed the paper their relationships with Christie concerned heavy consuming and unprotected intercourse.

The timeline of allegations ranges from 1994 to 2017.

Boroughs thanked those that got here ahead with allegations towards Christie and introduced steps Holy Cross will take to stop future misconduct, together with new coaching on sexual misconduct {and professional} boundaries for school workers.

The president’s assertion stated any group looking for employment verification or references for Christie will probably be knowledgeable of the investigation’s findings. Christie can also be barred from Holy Cross properties and occasions.

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