Renowned organist accused of sexual misconduct, resigns

James David Christie in 2000. —Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images/file 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A renowned organist has been accused of sexual misconduct and resigned his posts at colleges in Massachusetts and Ohio.

The Boston Globe reports that a group of former students at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester (WUS’-tur) allege that James David Christie sexually abused them while they were at the school.

Holy Cross says Christie has stepped down from his post as distinguished artist-in-residence.

Christie has also resigned from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was a professor.

Christie didn’t respond to multiple telephone calls or emails from the Globe seeking comment.

Christie also played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for years.

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The orchestra said it had been unaware of the allegations against him and has “no plans to engage him for future performances with the orchestra.”