Actor agrees to leave production.
Byline: ANNE WILLIAMS The Register-Guard
Sponsors of a theatrical production Noun 1. theatrical production - the production of a drama on the stage
production - a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television; "have you seen the new production of Hamlet?" and panel discussion dealing with teen depression and suicide agreed to replace one of the lead actors after learning Thursday that he was the subject of sexual misconduct sexual misconduct Professional ethics Any behavior that violates a health professional's ethics through sexual contact of physician and his/her Pt. See Professional boundaries. allegations several years ago.
Gerald Lee Walters, who was to play the role of the father of a suicidal teen, was a health and drama teacher at Madison Middle School Madison Middle School can refer to:
In September 2000, the commission concluded an investigation into the complaint and found sufficient cause to suspend or revoke To annul or make void by recalling or taking back; to cancel, rescind, repeal, or reverse.
revoke v. to annul or cancel an act, particularly a statement, document, or promise, as if it no longer existed. his teaching license or otherwise impose discipline.
While denying any wrongdoing wrong·do·er
One who does wrong, especially morally or ethically.
wrongdo , Walters waived his right to a hearing and voluntarily surrendered the license. He had been on administrative leave and resigned from the school district before the commission issued its findings.
Walters willingly backed out of the production of "Foul Shot," saying he did not want to detract from detract from
verb 1. lessen, reduce, diminish, lower, take away from, derogate, devaluate << OPPOSITE enhance
verb 2. its important theme, said Elizabeth Pownall, a member of the Consortium for Depression Resources, which commissioned the play.
The consortium is made up of local professionals and community members concerned about the gap between the medical and mental health communities in treating depression.
Performances are scheduled tonight and Sunday; tonight's show will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local mental health specialists, physicians, educators and youth advocates.
Neither members of the consortium nor panelists knew of Walters' involvement in the play until they saw a photograph of rehearsals accompanying a story in Thursday's Register-Guard.
Pownall said she and the group's president and vice president thought it was important to replace Walters in the cast, as did the theater operators.
The Eugene School District's complaint against Walters stemmed from two separate allegations.
Early in 1998, Walters was charged with failing to report child abuse after his 21-year-old roommate had sex with a 15-year-old boy at their apartment in Springfield. As a teacher, Walters was required to report suspected child abuse. Walters' roommate pleaded guilty to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, but the charge against Walters was dismissed. His attorney argued that Walters did not witness the activity and did not know the boy's age.
The commission, however, found that Walters knew about the sexual contact and failed to report it, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. its final report.
In the second case, Eugene police investigated a claim that Walters had fondled a 14-year-old boy in 1998. Walters denied the allegation and never was charged. But the commission's investigation concluded that Walters did have sexual contact with the boy, according to its report.
In both cases, the commission found Walters in gross neglect of duty Noun 1. neglect of duty - (law) breach of a duty
negligence, nonperformance, carelessness, neglect - failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances . Walters, 50, could not be reached for comment Thursday.