UM Memos Show Why it Wants to Fire This Music School Professor

August 10, 2019, 7:36 AM

Newly obtained records detail University of Michigan efforts to get rid of a music professor who "engaged in a pattern of behavior that is harassing, abusive and exploitative of University of Michigan students."

David Daniels, shown celebrating his 52nd birthday last year, is accused by UM of "potentially criminal activity by a person in a position of power." (Photo: Facebook)

David Daniels, a 53-year-old opera singer, is accused of offering money to "multiple students in the School of Music Theatre and Dance" in exchange for sex, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News. "The revelations come weeks after a grand jury in Texas indicted countertenor David Daniels and his husband, William Scott Walters, in the sexual assault of an incapacitated man in 2010," the paper says.

They were arrested in Ann Arbor in January on warrants arising from the criminal complaint of Samuel Schultz, who has alleged the couple drugged and assaulted him when he was living in Houston as a 23-year-old graduate student at Rice University.

Last year, Daniels took a leave of absence amid the claims. A UM graduate student later filed a federal lawsuit in which he alleged the performer groped him, sent sexual photos and videos of himself, and requested sexual photos and videos.

Documents The News obtained through the Freedom of Information Act this week show UM officials last spring pushed to initiate dismissal proceedings. . . Internal memos dated April 19 describe several instances of alleged “unacceptable conduct” that prompted the recommendation for termination.

Specifics are at the link below.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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