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U of Michigan Music Professor Arrested for Assault

January 31, 2019

Opera singer David Daniels, a professor of music at the University of Michigan, was arrested this week and faces extradition to Texas over a second-degree sexual assault charge. Daniels and his husband, Scott Walters, who also was arrested, are accused of drugging and raping a singer in Houston in 2010. Their accuser, Samuel Schultz, was a graduate student in Texas at the time. Daniels’s and Walters’s attorney, Matt Hennessy, told that his clients participated in “adult, consensual sex,” not a crime. Daniels, who is on paid leave from Michigan, also faces a federal lawsuit brought by a former Michigan graduate student. The plaintiff, Andrew Lipian, says that Daniels undressed and groped him in 2017 after tricking him into taking sleeping medication. Daniels has called that claim “fake and malicious.” The university declined immediate comment on the arrest.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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