Findings in Tay Anderson investigation to be released by end of summer, DPS board says

Findings in Tay Anderson investigation to be released by end of summer, DPS board says

Findings in Tay Anderson investigation to be released by end of summer, DPS board says

Findings from a Denver Public Schools investigation into sexual assault allegations against school board member Tay Anderson will not be released until later this summer after the firm hired to look into the claims extended its period for interviewing potential witnesses.

Investigations Law Group will conclude its interviews by the end of June and will release its findings by the end of the summer, the school board announced Thursday in a news release. The board urged anyone with relevant information to come forward by emailing interviews@ilgdenver.com and pledged to protect people from harassment and retaliation.

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The news release was from six of the board’s seven members. While it did not name which board members participated in writing the release, Anderson has stepped back from his duties while the investigation is ongoing. He did not participate in Thursday’s regular school board meeting.

Investigations Law Group was hired on April 6, and thus far the school district has spent $50,000 on the investigation, according to the news release.

“And to ensure no stone is left unturned, we anticipate investing even more. We need to get this right,” the board said in the news release.

Allegations of sexual misconduct have circulated around Anderson since Black Lives Matter 5280 on March 27 posted an accusation from an anonymous woman, who said he sexually assaulted her and she wanted an apology.

Anderson and his attorney, Christopher Decker, have said he has never sexually assaulted anyone.

After the Black Lives Matter statement was published, young women who worked with Anderson on the board of Never Again Colorado, a youth-led, anti-gun organization, said he had made them uncomfortable through unwanted sexual advances and unwelcome touching. Anderson later apologized for making anyone feel uncomfortable.

Then in late May, Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming testified before a state legislative committee that a sexual predator was targeting Denver Public Schools students. While she did not name Anderson, the school district later confirmed she was talking about him and reported Brooks Fleming’s testimony to the Denver Police Department.

In its Thursday news release, the board said it is not aware that anyone has come forward to talk to police.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association acknowledged this week that its committee that vets candidates for school board elections received an anonymous letter in 2019 containing allegations that Anderson had acted inappropriately toward a woman on the board of directors of a local advocacy group and had misused the board’s money. However, the committee, known as the DCTA Fund, could not substantiate the allegations and chose to endorse Anderson.

Rob Gould, the DCTA president, said in a new statement released Thursday: “The letter provided no specificity about the allegations and there was nothing to support that a minor could be involved so there was no duty to report. Knowing that smear campaigns are fairly common during election season, the Fund members asked Mr. Anderson about the allegations and were satisfied with his responses that they were unfounded. Beyond that, the Fund does not have the capacity to conduct background investigations for each and every candidate.”

While Gould’s statement said the committee talked to Anderson about the allegation, Decker told Chalkbeat Colorado on Wednesday that the DCTA never talked to Anderson about the letter and that Anderson had never heard of it until this week when reporters began asking about it.

 


Findings in Tay Anderson investigation to be released by end of summer, DPS board says