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Flute camp chief stands by flutist accused of sex misconduct

LITTLE SWITZERLAND, N. C. – A prestigious flute camp in North Carolina is behind an instructor who was the subject of a University of Cincinnati sexual harassment research.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday the Ohio university interviewed nine students and found evidence of “sexual harassment” and other acts of misconduct dating back to the 1990s during its 2016 research, professor Bradley Garner. Although the College-Conservatory of music, interim dean, featured Garner’s firing last February, the 61-year-old star flutist of the office in December.

He denied the allegations in a sworn statement.

A number of students said they met Garner at the weeklong Wildacres Flute Retreat. Course Director Anna Thibeault told The Asheville Citizen-Times they never heard complaints about his behavior, and he will remain on the faculty.

Former Wildacres teacher Helen Spielman says Thibeault called some students “little nymphos” and rebuffed her concerns about Garner’s behavior.

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