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CofC, former professor named in sex assault lawsuit by student

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – A College of Charleston student filed suit against the school and a former professor who resigned last year in the face of sexual misconduct allegations with students.

The lawsuit was filed April 1 against former professor and acclaimed international pianist Enrique Graf, the College, its outgoing president George Benson, and the former dean of the school's music department.

The lawsuit comes about a year after the allegations were levied against Graf that sparked an investigation and Graf's dismissal. The student is still at the College according to the filing.

No criminal charges were filed against Graf after the investigation, however.

The investigation dates back to complaints from 1994.

In the investigative documents, two victims were named -- a current student and a former student from Maryland.

The current student alleged that Graf made repeated unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwanted physical contact and verbally sexually abused him. The student went on to claim the behavior started shortly after he entered College of Charleston as a freshman and has continued since then.

Graf denied the allegations, saying neither student appeared afraid or uncomfortable around him. Graf also said any touching he did of students was to correct their posture, the documents state.

Graf speculated that the allegations could have been invented to extort money from him, according to the investigation.

The school also talked to several of Graf's former students at the College and at Carnegie Mellon -- none of whom said they had any problems with Graf.

Members of the College's faculty and staff did not report any problems with Graf, either directed toward them or towards others in their presence, the report states. The same follows for members of the Charleston Academy of Music, where Graf has worked for more than 20 years, and people who live in the same building as Graf.

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