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VIDEO REPORT: Alvarez, Bielema Shocked by Chadima Case

Posted Friday March 16, 2012 --- 4:55 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

Charles Giesen, John Chadima's attorney says his client feels vindicated. Giesen says, " We were not surprised in the least. We expected that they would conclude there weren't any other allegations of sexual impropriety or abuse of authority by John Chadima. "

But Giesen and his client weren't happy about the entire document released on Friday. The report goes into graphic details about some of the allegations. It describes an incident where Chadima allegedly forced a former UW football player to go home with him. It also talks about multiple encounters between Chadima and the third alleged victim.

Chadima and UW officials hope they can put this behind them. " We would like to move forward. We as an institution would like to move forward, " says UW spokesperson Vince Sweeney.

In the latest report several people came to Chadima's defense and that's something that Sweeney says he's not surprised by. " His office was next to mine for the five years before I came over here. I am absolutely not surprised that there was a long line of people standing up to say John's a great guy. He's been a wonderful employee. "

In the report Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and Head Football Coach Brett Bielema say they were shocked by the allegations. Alvarez even says he thought of Chadima as a son.

Chadima's attorney says his client remains out of state. We asked if they were considering legal action against the UW and Giesen said he couldn't comment at this time.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new report says top Wisconsin athletic officials were shocked when allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced against a then-assistant athletic director.

The report released Friday was the second from former Dane County Circuit Judge Patrick Fiedler. It quotes athletic director Barry Alvarez and coach Bret Bielema as saying they'd never seen John Chadima do anything improper.

Chadima was suspended and resigned in January after a male student employee accused him of sexual assault at a pre-Rose Bowl party in December. Friday's report details similar allegations from two more people -- a former Wisconsin football player and another former male student worker.

Interim Chancellor David Ward says the report reinforces his belief that suspending Chadima was proper.

Chadima says he has been seeking help through counseling, particularly for alcohol use.


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