The director of the school board in Denver announced over the weekend that he will step down from his role until an investigation into allegations of sexual assault is concluded.
Tay Anderson, a Democratic socialist, called the allegations unfounded and false.
“These false allegations have harmed my family and I and now as a father and son I must protect those I love first, and therefore I will withdraw from the day-to-day management functions until the completion of an independent investigation,” Anderson said in a statement. .
‘I am confident that the ongoing investigation will prove what I said from day one, and that is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone. I look forward to returning in the coming months to continue the fight for Denver students, ”he added.
Parent Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming pleaded guilty during a hearing at the state Judiciary Committee last week to an unnamed person she described as a sexual predator currently targeting DPS students.
Fleming said she received reports from 62 students directly from 62 students. The group includes children as young as 14 and many are illegal in the country.
“They were all afraid of the same man to be clear that they could not whisper his name,” Fleming told lawmakers. The children say that they were wrongly touched or even raped, but that they were afraid to go to the police.
Anderson initially called the allegations “disturbing” and urged authorities to investigate.
The Denver Board for Education School of Education said in a statement to news agencies that it was aware of Fleming’s testimony and that the person Fleming described was Anderson. The Denver police station was also aware of the allegations, the council said. A police spokesman told The Epoch Times in an email that officials had spoken to Fleming, but that no suspected victims had yet emerged.
“If anyone is a victim, we encourage them to contact the Denver Police Department,” the spokesman said.
The board members agree with Anderson’s decision to retire from everyday functions, the board said in a statement. He will continue to vote on ‘essential matters’ before the council, including the hiring of a new superintendent.
The council appointed an external legal group in mid-May to investigate an earlier allegation against Anderson raised by a local Black Lives Matter group.
A woman came forward in February to accuse Anderson of sexual assault, BlackLivesMatter5280 said the following month.
The alleged victim publicly apologized to Anderson and sought the help of a licensed professional. Anderson denied the allegations in a press conference.
“I did not sexually assault anyone. “I am not aware of a situation that could be considered sexual assault,” he told reporters on March 28, adding that he would cooperate with the investigation into the allegation.
The board on Sunday encouraged everyone with relevant information to contact the investigative law group.
‘It is critical that all individuals feel safe and supportive to participate in this process, and the Council will use all the authority it has to protect those who participate. Retaliation or intimidation of witnesses will not be tolerated and the district will report any witness intimidation or harassment to the police. We are looking for the truth and are committed to a fair and thorough process for all who are currently involved and for all those who are considering coming forward, ”it is said.
A group chaired by Anderson said he should resign from the school board.
“Director Anderson has lost the trust of students and families in his school district,” Spencer Wilcox, the current chairman of the Colorado High School Democrats, said in a statement. ‘Students, including our many members in DPS, do not have to be afraid of one of their school members. He must resign. ”
Christopher Decker, Anderson’s attorney, did not respond to a request for comment. He told CBS4 in a statement that Anderson “categorically denies the most recent allegations made against him.”
“He looks forward to defending himself against these false claims as soon as they emerge from anonymity in the light of fair investigation,” he added. To date, no indictment against Director Anderson has provided any time, place, individual or details to which he can even respond. When and if this happens, he will respond with details and confirmatory evidence. ”