Professor Placed on Leave Amid Inquiry Into Past Sex-Offense Conviction

A professor at the University of Wisconsin at Superior has been placed on paid leave while the institution investigates a report it received about his decades-old conviction on charges of attempted child sexual abuse. Matthew Faerber, a professor of vocal music education at Superior, pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child when he was the choir director at a Utah high school. He was sentenced to six months in jail. A university spokeswoman said Mr. Faerber was hired in 1998, before background checks on new employees were required. Such a requirement was put in place in 2007. The Duluth News-Tribune reported that no complaints had been filed against Mr. Faerber at the university, and no disciplinary action had led to his being placed on leave. The spokeswoman said the inquiry was not related to anything that had happened on the Superior campus, and was meant to ensure the safety of students while respecting Mr. Faerber’s rights.

Faerber said Friday that, because of the investigation, he would say only that what happened was “23 years ago.”“This went through the court system; I have paid for what I did,” he said. “I have been clean 100 percent.”

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