Started by MacKenzie, Apr 27, 2005, 05:04 AM
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/today/frontpage/stories/fr042705s1.shtmlWednesday, April 27, 2005Professor faces sex chargeInstructor at SUNY, 81, denies attackBy Kathianne BonielloPoughkeepsie JournalNEW PALTZ -- A SUNY New Paltz English professor arrested Monday for allegedly sexually abusing a student said he's willing to take a polygraph to prove his innocence and that the woman ''enjoyed'' the incident.Wade C. Thompson, 81, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and third-degree sexual abuse for allegedly beating the student with a blunt object and subjecting her to unwanted sexual contact, New Paltz police said in a news release.Thompson taught at the State University of New York at New Paltz for 40 years. The victim was a student in his 19th century American literature class, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday.''No question about it, I had absolutely no business holding a tryst with a student,'' said Thompson, who added that he resigned Tuesday morning. ''I've disgraced myself and I've disgraced the college.''However, SUNY New Paltz spokesman Eric Gullikson said Thompson was let go by the college Tuesday and is not permitted on the campus. The school learned of the incident Tuesday morning, he said.Regarding the alleged April 19 incident at his home, Thompson insisted ''whatever happened was a voluntary undertaking on her part and enjoyed by her. I can prove it.''We left the house together. I took her back, she kissed me goodbye and said, 'This is our little secret,' '' Thompson said. ''I'm willing to take a polygraph, I'm willing to do anything to prove she came over voluntarily. The charge is that I subjected her to sexual abuse involuntarily. ... I would never do that.''The victim, whom Thompson would not identify, reported the incident the next day to campus police and New Paltz town police.The woman was injured, New Paltz town police said. They also did not identify her. Police did not say how seriously she was hurt and did not respond to calls for comment Tuesday evening.Thompson said the two had a platonic relationship until last week's incident. The married professor claimed the woman has been pursuing him for several semesters.''This lady has been pursuing -- I can scarcely walk -- pursuing me for three semesters,'' he said. ''She's taken my classes. ... She plied me with presents: books, candy, flowers.''She's very much obsessed with me,'' Thompson claimed. ''She just can't get me out of her system.''Few students had heard about the allegations against Thompson Tuesday evening.''That's horrible,'' Darleny Garay, a junior, said when she learned of the charges.Kathianne Boniello can be reached at [email protected]COURT DATEWade C. Thompson of New Paltz is due in New Paltz town court Monday on assault and sexual abuse charges.
''No question about it, I had absolutely no business holding a tryst with a student,'' said Thompson, who added that he resigned Tuesday morning. ''I've disgraced myself and I've disgraced the college.''
I guess my point is, Hell, I don't know. I guess I'll hold back until this plays out!
Quote from: "CaptDMO"I guess my point is, Hell, I don't know. I guess I'll hold back until this plays out!Exactly. I think he's innocent but not all of his story makes sense (nor hers) which is why I asked MacKenzie to let us know if there is an update.
April 27, 2005Professor accused of sexual assault82-year-old says sex was voluntary By Paul Brooks and Jeremiah Horrigan [email protected] [email protected] New Paltz - An 82-year-old SUNY New Paltz English professor has resigned in the wake of criminal charges that he sexually abused and assaulted a female student. But Professor Wade C. Thompson says the sex was voluntary. "She much enjoyed her part," Thompson said in a telephone interview yesterday. "When she left, she left a very happy girl." New Paltz police arrested Thompson on one count of second-degree assault, a felony, and one count of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. The female student told police the incident happened at Thompson's home on North Oakwood Terrace the morning of April 19. She said that Thompson subjected her to unwanted sexual contact and repeatedly struck her with a blunt object, which resulted in physical injuries, police said. Police did not release the name of the victim. Authorities could not be reached last night for further details of her account. Thompson declined to give the woman's name but disputed the police's version of the events. "Whatever happened was voluntary on her part," he said. "The sea change in her attitude came later. I couldn't help that. She apparently had remorse, so she is blaming me." The 41-year-old woman, a senior at the college, had pursued him for some time, including the three semesters he had her as a student, Thompson said. She had given him books, flowers and candy. "She even painted a picture and had it framed," Thompson said. "She wanted to come to me. ... How can anybody fall in love with an 82-year-old fart? It's obscene, but that's what she wanted." To his many friends, Thompson is the epitome of a gentleman and a scholar. He holds a doctorate from Columbia University. Years ago, his booming laugh could be heard the next block over. But his voice and his physical presence have diminished with age. These days, he walks with a pronounced stoop, taking tiny, careful steps, as he walks up hilly village streets. His arrest left his friends dumbfounded. "It's hard for me to imagine Wade assaulting anyone - criminal behavior is just not in his character," said his friend Suzanne Murphy. Thompson was arraigned before New Paltz Town Justice Judith Reichler and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail. He is due back in Town Court May 2. SUNY New Paltz officials also forced him to resign from the college where he has worked since 1965, he said. "I should never have taken her into that situation. I disgraced myself. I disgraced the college," Thompson said. But that is far from the end of the story for him. "I am a writer. I am going to write this up. I am thinking of putting this on the market," he said. "I am going to make some money on this."