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By P. DOUGLAS FILAROSKI; Times Leader Staff Writer

Friday, March 24, 1995     Page: 1A

NANTICOKE -- An attorney for alleged victims of sexual harassment at Luzerne County Community College has joined a growing list of people who support release of an investigator's report.
    Attorney Kimberly Borland, who represents at least two female accusers, said Thursday that a 20-page document reportedly describing the harassment should be made public.
    "At this point, I absolutely think it should be done because there has been so much written about what's in it," said Borland, two days after viewing the report by investigator Robert Gillespie.
    Sources who viewed the report say the document contains findings that former college President Donald Bronsard sexually harassed female employees. Among the still-undisclosed findings: Bronsard gave unwanted kisses and asked women to wear tighter clothes, sources said.
    The report also implicates the college's board of trustees Chairman Leonard Falcone and an unnamed administrator in what a source characterized as less serious charges than Bronsard's.
    It does not name the female accusers. College officials requested that Gillespie withhold the women's names so that people with future grievances would not be inhibited from coming forward.
    After viewing the report Tuesday, the college's board of trustees accepted Bronsard's resignation from the school where he had served since 1990.
    The next day, Luzerne County commissioners quarreled about the release of the document. Democrat Frank Crossin issued a statement calling for it to be made public; Republican Jim Phillips said he had already asked for its release; and Democrat Rose Tucker said she intended to propose the same.
    On Thursday, Crossin took issue with an accusation by Tucker that he is "grandstanding." Crossin defended his request for releasing the report on the publicly funded college.
    "Is it `grandstanding' to be accountable to taxpayers? Is it `grandstanding' to seek full disclosure of charges as serious as these?" Crossin asked in his release. "The public has a right to know," he said.
    The Times Leader has urged college officials to release the report, and Gillespie said he thought the document should be made public.
    "If it was up to me, the public would know the contents of the report. But it's up to the college," Gillespie said Thursday.
    The school's attorney, Joseph Kluger, said Tuesday the board is still considering whether to release the report. In the past, he said the college was leaning against making it public.
    Kluger said the board wants to meet with Gillespie on Tuesday to get more information on the six-week probe.
    A college official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the board wants to investigate further the accusations against Falcone and the unnamed administrator.
    Gillespie said Thursday he would agree to meet with board representatives but has not decided whether to continue the investigation, which initially focused on Bronsard.
    Gillespie, a former district attorney, said the issue has been politicized in recent days and that he worries his investigation will be used as a political tool by certain factions.
    Although Borland supported releasing Gillespie's report, he was less supportive of naming the female accusers.
    "That's up to the college," he said.
    Borland said the alleged victims are still seeking a monetary claim against the college.
    If they are unsuccessful, the case could proceed to a court where the accusers names would then become public, he said.
    Donald Bronsard
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