College Fix: In #MeToo age, new female president of Ithaca College draws scrutiny for 16-year-old sex abuse conviction.
Five months ago, Shirley Collado was tapped as the new president of Ithaca College. Today, she’s making headlines for a different reason. The New York Daily News reports:
The president of Ithaca College in upstate pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a patient when she worked at a psychiatric hospital nearly two decades ago.
Shirley M. Collado, who worked at The Center at the Psychiatric institute of Washington in D.C., was accused of having a five-month sexual relationship with a female patient who was undergoing therapy for post-traumatic stress in 2000, The Ithacan reported.
While Collado was convicted of one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse in August 2001 after pleading no contest, she has maintained her innocence, saying she didn’t have the legal, financial and emotional resources to fight the case.
The conviction may be nearly two decades old, but news of it comes at a time when old sexual assault claims can derail careers.
Collado was tapped to replace Tom Rochon, who was essentially forced out as president of Ithaca College by social progressive protesters who claimed he was racist even though he agreed to all their demands to improve the campus environment for students of color.
Collado told The Ithacan she is innocent.
“I didn’t have the legal resources; I didn’t have the financial resources to, and I didn’t have the emotional wherewithal to really take this on the way I would have preferred,” Collado told The Ithacan. “So I took a different route. And like many people in this country, young people in this country, people of color, people who don’t have networks, that was me. This happens all the time, where you make this really difficult choice, even if it goes completely against the truth of who you are.” more