DENVER, CO – The Denver Public Schools Board of Education director, Tay Anderson, has been facing some serious allegations that he engaged in various acts of sexual misconduct and molestation against unknown victims – with 62 of the alleged victims having been minors.
This resulted in Anderson announcing back in May that he would temporarily step down from the DPS Board of Education while the investigation is conducted.
Yet, despite the investigation on these claims having not yet been completed, Anderson has decided to step back into his role, citing in an email that the “timeline of this external private investigation has changed multiple times” and that “no credible evidence has emerged to support any allegations.”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 14, 2021
Back in March of 2021, Black Lives Matter 5280 levied allegations against Anderson accusing him of having committed sexual assault against an anonymous woman.
This anonymous woman had apparently come forward to BLM 5280 back in February about this alleged sexual assault, which led to the group making a public allegation against Anderson.
It was these March allegations that led to the DPS Board of Education launching an independent investigation regarding these allegations.
At the time of the allegations, Anderson denied that anything of the sort occurred:
“These allegations are gut-wrenching because I have not sexually assaulted anyone. I am not aware of any past partners who have considered anything I’ve done sexual assault.”
When the investigation was launched in April, it was anticipated to be wrapped up roughly by the end of May.
The Denver Public Schools Board of Education said Tuesday it will hire an outside group to conduct an investigation into allegations made against Board Director Tay Anderson in recent weeks, which Anderson has denied. https://t.co/BdHxu0esac
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) April 6, 2021
However, both the DPS Board of Education and the Investigations Law Group (the group conducting the independent investigation into Anderson) informed Anderson that the investigation would take an additional 30 days and would likely be wrapped up by the end of June.
Yet, the allegations against Anderson became a lot more complex and wide ranging during delivered testimony before the Colorado State Legislature on May 26th.
A parent of three children, identified as Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming, alleged that there is “a sexual predator targeting DPS children”, where she claimed 62 children reached out to her and made allegations of a solitary person that committed acts of unwanted touching to “violent acts of rape.”
During this May 26th testimony, Brooks Fleming did not name who this alleged predator was.
Denver Public Schools acknowledged Friday night that its board and the Denver Police Department are aware of new sexual assault allegations against school board member Tay Anderson. https://t.co/c3GHGAPm4T
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) May 29, 2021
In Anderson’s email announcing his return to his duties with the DPS Board of Education, he noted that none of the allegations have resulted in a single victim being actually identified or coming forward:
“Although Mrs. Fleming has never [specified] that I was the serial predator who she was referring to, DPS and others immediately named me as this alleged serial predator.
Despite not a single student being identified, or having come forward, ILG expanded their investigation to include these unsubstantiated third party claims. In response, I have publicly and categorically denied ever victimizing any DPS student whatsoever.”
Even though Anderson did step down from his role at the onset of June, his letter announcing his return to his duties expressed frustration that the timeline for the investigation to be completed has changed frequently – as well as the scope of the investigation:
“Despite promises that this investigation would be completed within thirty days, then later prior to the start of the 21-22 school year, I have fully cooperated and participated in the independent investigation being conducted by ILG. I am now told that the investigation will not be completed for at least another four or five weeks, leading us to mid-August.”
“The timeline of this external private investigation has changed multiple times and the scope of its inquiry continues to change. Although I remain committed to engaging in a transparent and fair process, I can no longer wait for this process to conclude to initiate my return to serving the families of the Denver Public Schools.”
And Anderson’s rationale for returning isn’t solely centered around shifting timeframes and the scope of the investigation into these allegations expanding, he also noted that the investigation has yet to produce any evidence or substantiation of his alleged conduct:
“No credible evidence has emerged to support any allegations of sexual misconduct by me. I have not been arrested, charged, or even contacted by any law enforcement agency regarding any of these false claims against me.”
Apparently, the DPS Board of Education has already shelled out over $50,000 to fund this private investigation that has reportedly amounted to nothing as of this time. Whether any evidence will surface by the end of the investigation, expected to finish sometime in August, is anyone’s guess at this point.
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Back in June, we at Law Enforcement Today covered when Anderson decided to step back from his role following the late-May allegations.
Here’s that previous report.
DENVER CO – Black Lives Matter activist and Denver Public School Board Director Tay Anderson will step back from everyday board duties during the investigation into claims he sexually assaulted dozens of students who were undocumented immigrants.
This week a parent of 3 #DenverPublicSchools students said there is “a sexual predator targeting #DPS children” during public testimony at the Colorado statehouse. Tonight, the BOE said it was informed the accusations were against Director Tay Anderson. https://t.co/73zeW1uxv9
— Tiney Ricciardi (@tineywristwatch) May 29, 2021
Last week, Mary Brooks Fleming, a mother of three students within the Denver Public School District, testified during a legislative committee at the state legislature saying a person in the district was sexually assaulting and targeting 62 children. She did not name the individual.
The district later confirmed in a statement that the individual being accused was Anderson.
Fleming testified some of the children were subjected to incidents ranging from unwanted touching to “violent acts of rape” by the employee and, in some case, asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Denver School Board Director Tay Anderson says he's willing to be held accountable for allegations of sexual assault, but he can't do so without knowing the details about the anonymous accusations. "I did not sexually assault anyone," he told reporters. https://t.co/5SMKhYfoP5
— Steve Staeger (@SteveStaeger) March 28, 2021
She testified that 61 of the victims lacked documentation or were recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with the youngest child just 14-years-old.
“Individuals were coming to my home asking for medical attention. One was as young as 14 and needed stitches. All in all, 61 high school students and one recent graduates would turn to me for help.
“Sixty-two victims as young as 14! Sixty-one were undocumented or dreamers. All were so afraid of this one man.”
My response to the bigotry that took place in our School Board meeting today from a parent in our public comment session.
1.) Denver Public Schools believes Black Lives Matter!
2.) Wear a mask 😷 pic.twitter.com/66p1BJgLxY
— Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) March 19, 2021
Brooks Fleming, a parent of three Denver Public School students, spoke to the state House Judiciary Committee during public testimony in support of legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue institutions who employ child sexual abusers
She said that the Director purposely targeted children who were undocumented to ensure they would not report the crimes:
“Those who came to my home didn’t have health insurance, couldn’t afford emergency rooms, and even if they could, they wanted to avoid mandatory reporters for fear that such an interaction could jeopardize their family.
“It is horrifying to realize that someone had preyed on these children, knowing their silence was guaranteed.”
Denver Public Schools acknowledged Friday night that its board and the Denver Police Department are aware of the sexual assault allegations.
Anderson was elected to the board in 2019. In a statement released on his Twitter account, Anderson denied the allegations:
“These unsubstantiated false allegations have caused a great deal of trauma to our entire district, and our students deserve better. The false claims have put my family and (me) in harm’s way and now, as a father and son, I must protect those I love first. Therefore, I will be stepping back from my everyday board functions until the completion of the independent investigation.
“I am confident the ongoing investigation will prove what I have said from day one and that is I have never sexually assaulted anyone. I look forward to returning in the coming months to continue the fight for Denver students.”
Statement from Director Anderson: pic.twitter.com/8jW598INWu
— Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) May 31, 2021
This is not the first time the Black Lives Matter activist has been accused of sexual assault. On March 26, Black Lives Matter 5280 came public with an allegation made by an unidentified woman that Anderson had sexually assaulted her in February.
In a statement released by the organization, BLM said:
“In late February, a woman came forward to BLM 5280 alleging that Director Tay Anderson is the perpetrator of her sexual assault. At the request of the alleged survivor, we are publicly sharing this information in hopes of ensuring her and all of our safety and well-being.
“At present, the alleged survivor only requests of Dir. Anderson are that he issue a public apology and seek help from a licensed professional with relevant expertise. The alleged victim’s requests are in alignment with restorative justice – one of our guiding values as a chapter.”
CW: Mention of sexual assault
In commitment to restorative justice. pic.twitter.com/0tNezMLsyY
— BlackLivesMatter5280 (@BLM5280) March 26, 2021
The Colorado High School Democrats of America called for his resignation.
In response, Anderson’s attorney, Chris Decker, issued a lengthy statement saying Anderson denied the allegations, and said that no specific details have been included in allegations, such as time and place.
The attorney’s statement also pointed out that neither Anderson nor his attorney have been contracted by law enforcement.
The statement continued:
“Director Anderson specifically denies any unlawful touching or assaults during his brief time as a teacher and since his election to the DPS Board. These acts never happened. Not a single child, parent, therapist, teacher, police officer, doctor, or individual has come forth to substantiate these incredible assertions.
“Director Anderson implores DPS counsel to respond immediately to Ms. Brooks Flemings allegations that DPS staff and legal counsel herself engaged in a criminal cover-up to include the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence dozens of victims who are current DPS students. Director Anderson has no knowledge of, or participation in, such a vile claim of silencing child sexual assault victims.
“The truth will be revealed and Director Anderson will be cleared of these poisonous and false claims.”
A Democrat Denver School Board director and Black Lives Matter organizer has been accused of sexually assaulting over 60 undocumented students—some as young as 14-years-old.
The alleged predator, Tay Anderson, denied the accusations over the weekend …https://t.co/PREUhYirjp
— Deb Heine, Dissident (@NiceDeb) June 1, 2021
Denver police have said they spoke with Brooks Fleming, but have not yet spoke to Anderson.
Anderson was elected to the school board in 2019. He campaigned on a promise to incorporate the ideology of BLM into school policy.
Anderson made headlines in March after incorrectly claiming that a white person was the shooter.
On March 22, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people were killed, including a local on-duty police officer. The alleged shooter, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa, a Syrian born naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested after being shot in the right leg.
The day after he made the comments, he was forced to issue and apology on Twitter. In the apology, said he made the mistake because “Over the last decade a majority of these horrendous acts have been by white men, but I still refuse to give this murder notoriety.”
Yesterday I assumed the shooter involved was a white male, I was wrong.
Over the last decade a majority of these horrendous acts have been by white men, but I still refuse to give this murder notoriety.
Our attention must be on the victims and the Boulder community.#Boulder
— Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) March 23, 2021
Although he stepped back from his day to day duties, he will continue to vote on school policy and hiring, according to the district.
The district also released a statement:
“It is critically important that all individuals feel safe and supported to participate in this process. We seek the truth and are committed to a fair and thorough process for all currently involved and anyone who is considering whether they should step forward.”
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