UMaine professor cleared in sexual harassment cases

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine professor who was accused of sexual harassment has been cleared.

The Bangor Daily News reports that English professor Robert “Tony” Brinkley was granted access to campus last month after officials concluded an investigation. Brinkley was placed on leave on Jan. 2.

University officials determined Brinkley didn’t violate the school’s policy standards in two cases. Officials have declined to provide details.

Brinkley, who has taught at UMaine since 1983, said university officials honored the complaints and conducted a thorough investigation, “as they should.”

The university says Brinkley potentially violated employment rules when he didn’t report an incident that was shared with him by a complainant who remains anonymous. UMaine’s human resources department is investigating it as a personnel issue.