CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said no charges have been filed against a University of Cincinnati flute instructor who was accused of sexual misconduct.
Bradley Garner retired amidst the harassment investigation.
Our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer reported last month that the school's investigation into complaints in 2016 against then-professor Garner found evidence of "pervasive" misconduct, including "unwanted sexual advances and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" going back years.
Deters said his office reviewed the allegations, but said at this time they cannot pursue a criminal case.
"I'd like to see him go to jail, but right now we can't do it. In Ohio, if a high school student is molested or in activity with a teacher... that is a crime. There is no similar crime for a college professor," Deters said. "It was generally consensual, but you know, was is it really consensual when he's controlling your life?"
Deters is urging anyone who was a victim to come forward so they can assess the cases to determine if criminal charges could be involved.
"Some victims have not been identified. They were videotaped with him. I know there are other girls out there and I would urge them to come forward to the university and report this behavior," he said.
Deters said the allegations that were looked at go back about 10 years, but said witnesses have claimed it has been going on for 20.
"We've looked at seven or eight allegations. People don't do this a few times. They're doing it all the time," he said.
Deters also said they are still looking into a complaint in South Carolina "that could result in criminal charges."
Anyone with information about Garner is asked to contact Karla Phillips, Interim Title IX Coordinator at UC at 513-556-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org@uc.edu.
UC's College-Conservatory Of Music's interim dean recommended firing Garner, but the star flutist remained until his December retirement.
He denied the accusations in a sworn statement and called UC's investigation a "rumor-seeking, undisciplined witch hunt."