Denver Public Schools’ board of education is launching an independent investigation into board member Tay Anderson after he was recently accused of sexual assault.
According to an announcement Tuesday, the board contracted Investigations Law Group to conduct the investigation.
“In our role as a Board, our first commitment is to serving the students, employees and community of Denver Public Schools,” the board’s statement said. “We want to create space for all members of our community to be heard, while we also ensure a fair process for everyone involved.”
Anderson, who was elected to the school board in 2019, is aware of the investigation, the board said.
In an emailed statement to The Denver Post, Anderson reiterated he welcomes “any and all fair investigations” into the allegations made on March 26 by Black Lives Matter 5280 on behalf of an anonymous woman.
“I have done nothing which would substantiate claims of sexual assault or unlawful behaviors,” he said Tuesday. “There are still no criminal investigations, charges or specific allegations which I can even respond to. I am grateful to the Denver Public Schools for launching an independent, third-party investigation and look forward to a transparent process.”
Anderson previously denied the allegations, in which the anonymous victim asked that he apologize and seek professional help.
“The Board looks forward to an independent view of the facts while we continue to serve the DPS community and focus on the important work of identifying a new superintendent and supporting our schools and students as we continue to reinvent education in the midst of a pandemic,” the board said, adding it will not make additional statements until the fact-finding process is complete.
Those with information about the allegations are encouraged to contact the firm at [email protected]
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