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Lawsuit: Creepy Bard College music professor preyed on female students as school ignored his behavior

Added 05-19-20 06:13:02pm EST - “Instructor Carlos Valdez was accused in the 16-page Manhattan Federal Court filing of grabbing the teen-aged plaintiff during a forcible kiss in his sound-proof basement office.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Lawsuit: Creepy Bard College music professor preyed on female students as school ignored his behavior”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Bard College percussion teacher marched to a predatory beat, sexually assaulting a young female student shortly after dodging dismissal for an eerily similar incident at the school, a lawsuit charged Tuesday.

Instructor Carlos Valdez was accused in the 16-page Manhattan Federal Court filing of grabbing the teen plaintiff, wrapping both arms around the terrified woman, and trying to stick his tongue in her mouth during a forcible kiss in his sound-proof office. He had previously pressed his erection into the first-year student’s back during a one-on-one percussion class in fall 2016, the lawsuit says.

“For years, Bard College knowingly employed a sexual predator as an instructor in its music program and allowed him to prey on students,” says the lawsuit filed on behalf of student Avalon Packer, now 21.

“Valdez groomed Ms. Packer ... He then used the power and influence he had developed over time to repeatedly assault her in his basement office during private music lessons," the suit says.

The victim was unaware that another student leveled a similar allegation against Valdez in the 2014-15 school year, when Bard ignored an investigator’s recommendation for his firing, according to the lawsuit. She didn’t discover the other case until after Valdez was finally dismissed last year, the lawsuit said.

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