Sundance Film Festival Co-Founder Sterling Charged for Minor Sexual AbuseNaveen Kumar (Author) Published Date : Apr 12, 2019 11:04 IST
Sundance Film Festival Co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen charged with Child Sexual abuse by the Salt Lake City District Attorney's office. It is said that Van Wagenen has no connection with Sundance since 1993 after a molestation case. Van Wagenen resigned from being a film professor in March from the University of Utah after allegedly admitting to molesting a minor in 1993.
The institute said "Recent reports in the press have made us aware of allegations of sexual abuse by Sterling Van Wagenen, who played a role in founding both the Festival and the Institute, He has no current connection to either entity and hasn't since he left our Utah Advisory Board in 1993. Sundance Institute categorically denounces his behavior as described in recent reports, and we stand in solidarity with those whose brave truth-telling shines the light on abusive behavior"
Sterling Van Wagenen was accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl from 2013 through 2015 according to reports. The co-founder of Sundance posted bail for $75,000 on April 2 after getting arrested by the police of Salt Lake City. The child complained to the parents back in the year as the man touched twice inappropriately as per the report papers.
Sundance Film Festival Co-Founder Sterling Charged for Minor Sexual Abuse