A headline in the Ithaca College student newspaper is now making news well beyond the college town; within it, old allegations of sexual abuse against Ithaca College president are detailed in the most public way yet.
President Shirley Collado was accused of sexually abusing a female patient while working as a psychologist in Washington, DC in 2000 and was convicted of sexual abuse in 2001. Prosecutors argued she took advantage of a vulnerable sexual abuse survivor with mental illness by entering into a months-long sexual relationship that started when Collado was the patient’s therapist.
Collado denies having any sexual contact with the patient. She pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse for a charge of placing her hand on the patient’s clothed breast with sexual intent.
Pleading no contest is not an admission of guilt, but it is acceptance of a conviction.