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Problems Alleged at Maricopa Skill Center Are Lacking in Evidence

One of the most shocking claims from the Reverend Jarrett Maupin's news conference this week was that a college instructor was forced to work for many hours each day without a bathroom break.

Gena Radabaugh, an ex-associate instructor of cosmetology at the Maricopa Skill Center at 1245 East Buckeye Road in Phoenix -- one of the schools in the Maricopa County Community College District -- was one of 13 women who appeared with Maupin at Wednesday's appeal for media attention in downtown Phoenix. We skipped the planned event after writing a preview article, but several other media outlets covered it.

After talking to the Radabaugh yesterday to find out more details, we've only grown more skeptical of her story -- and we can't help but wonder if many of the other women's allegations would turn out this weak if investigated.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.