INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University’s director of student ethics has resigned, nearly three months after a woman alleged that he sexually assaulted her at a conference in Texas, school officials said Friday.
IU said in a statement that Jason Casares had tendered his resignation effective immediately. The school said it would say nothing else about his departure because it is a personnel matter.
But Casares’ attorney, Tony Paganelli, said his client resigned after IU officials told him he could either resign or face termination. He said IU had concerns about whether Casares “could credibly preside over student sexual assault investigations after having been very publicly accused of sexual assault himself.”
“Jason wanted to do what was best for IU and his family” and opted to resign, Paganelli said in a statement. He added that his client “adamantly denies” the woman’s sexual assault allegations.
Casares was hired in 2011 as the student ethics officer and a deputy Title IX coordinator for IU’s Bloomington, Indiana, campus.
School officials placed him on administrative leave in early February after a woman alleged in an open letter posted on social media that he had sexually assaulted her in December during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors’ annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I made the mistake of letting my guard down while socializing with Jason about Association business. Jason took advantage of me after I had had too much to drink,” the woman, Jill Creighton, said in her letter.
Creighton declined to comment Friday on Casares’ resignation from IU.
Casares has not been charged in the alleged sexual assault.
But Cpl. Tracey Knight of the Fort Worth Police Department said Friday the department continues to investigate the woman’s allegations and had received her complaint on Dec. 9.
Creighton is the assistant director of global community standards at New York University. She’s also a board member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration — the group to which she had addressed her open letter after she had initiated impeachment proceedings against Casares, who was ASCA’s president-elect at that time.
Casares resigned from his incoming post with ASCA during those impeachment proceedings.
Creighton said in her letter she decided to come forward with her allegations against Casares after she said ASCA refused to cancel a session where he was scheduled to speak after his resignation.
ASCA said in a statement in early February to its membership that after Creighton’s complaint was filed with the group on Dec. 10, an independent investigator was hired to conduct an inquiry and present its findings to the board.
As a result of that investigation, the group’s statement reads, her “claims could not be substantiated.”
IU spokesman Mark Land said Friday the university had been investigating “the allegations against Casares and his overall handling of the situation” but that probe has ended because Casares is no longer a school employee.
An IU professor emeritus has been tapped to review 18 sexual misconduct cases from the past academic year that went to hearings before a panel Casares sat on. Land said that review is ongoing.
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