Camp suspends association with flutist accused of misconduct
LITTLE SWITZERLAND, N.C. (AP) — A prestigious flute camp in North Carolina is reconsidering its relationship with an instructor facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Camp director Annie Thibeault of Wildacres Flute Retreat tells the Asheville Citizen-Times the camp “has suspended its association” with the teacher indefinitely.
She also apologized for referring to a former female retreat instructor as “a horrible biddy” and describing a 15-year-old student as a “nympho” and “Lolita.”
The 61-year-old instructor, Bradley Garner, has denied the accusations in a sworn affidavit, and criticized the investigatory process at the University of Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday the Ohio university found evidence of “pervasive” misconduct, including “unwanted sexual advances and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature” and a “hostile environment,” dating back to the 1990s.
Garner has retired from the university.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com