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Attorney for ousted UW-L professor, accused of sexual misconduct, slams university’s report, calls victim and supporters “minions”

Drew Kelly

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Arts Professor Joel Elgin is responding to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow’s letter Tuesday, as he announced Elgin had resigned, rather than dispute a sexual harassment investigation.

Elgin’s attorney, Cheryl Gill, called student Caycee Bean and her supporters “minions,” who “canceled” Elgin’s career with bogus allegations.

Gill calls university investigators not independent and added most of Elgin’s responses were ignored and not part of Gow’s report.

As for why Elgin didn’t speak with Gow, Gill says the university’s attorney said that his accumulated sick leave was at risk, which can be used to purchase health care coverage after retirement.

She said faculty at UW-L should be worried that this could happen to them next.

Bean is set to have a press conference with her attorneys on Thursday morning.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.