UW-Superior Professor on Paid Administrative Leave Pending Investigation into Past Convictions

By KBJR News 1

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A 23-year old conviction has come back to haunt a University of Wisconsin Superior professor.

The university confirmed that Doctor Matthew Faerber has been put on paid administrative leave while they investigate a report received last week about his conviction for attempted child sexual abuse in 1990 in Utah.

Faerber is the director of choral activities and professor of vocal music education and has been employed by U-W-S since 1998.

According to our partners at the Duluth News Tribune, Faerber pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child involving two 13-year-old music students.

He was sentenced to six months in jail and put on 3 years of probation.

The Director of Marketing and Communications for U-W-S says at the time Faerber was hired, the U-W system did not require background checks on new employees.

The university says it has hired an investigator to look into the reports.

"The university is taking this very seriously working as fast as we can in ensuring the safety of our students while also respecting the rights of the individual," said Lynne Williams, the director of Marketing and Communications at UWS.

Williams says no complaints or disciplinary action have been filed against Faerber in the 15 years he has been at U-W-S.

Officials say it's too early to speculate whether he will keep his job at the university.

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