Ithaca College president was convicted of sexually abusing psychiatric patient in 2001: report

The president of Ithaca College in upstate pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a patient when she worked at a psychiatric hospital nearly two decades ago.

Shirley M. Collado, who worked at The Center at the Psychiatric institute of Washington in D.C., was accused of having a five-month sexual relationship with a female patient who was undergoing therapy for post-traumatic stress in 2000....

The patient, who was receiving treatment at The Center after she suffered the abuse of another doctor, alleged she and Collado kissed after a therapy session on May 20, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Marcus-Kurn.

Collado fondled her on at least two occasions and the two kissed after most individual therapy sessions in the following weeks, according to the prosecutor...

Collado received a 30-day suspension, 18 months of supervised probation, and 80 hours of community service. She was also forced to pay a $250 fine and ordered to stay away from the patient.

She went on to hold administrative roles at several colleges before she was selected to become president at Ithaca College in 2017.

School officials stand by Collado and say she was vetted...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 11:00 PM