Judge rejects newspapers’ request for unredacted Tay Anderson report

Details of sexual harassment report by Denver Public Schools will not be released

Sexual harassment allegations against Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson were investigated by the school district but the report was redacted. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The details of sexual harassment allegations against Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson will remain sealed, a judge has ruled.

Denver District Court Judge John Eric Elliff on Monday ruled redacted information from a report commissioned by the school board cannot be released to the public. The Denver Post and neighborhood newspaper The Denver North Star requested the information in October.

Elliff said in his ruling that the information is exempt from the state’s public information request laws.

“CORA … contains a clear exemption to disclosure for ‘any record’ of sexual harassment complaints and investigations,” Elliff stated in the ruling.

As BusinessDen previously reported, the school district’s report, put together by the Investigation Law Group and released in redacted form in September, found that 23-year-old Anderson had not engaged in any illegal activity or committed the most severe allegations made against him, which were submitted to the district anonymously.

But the report found his conduct, which included flirting on social media with a 16-year-old DPS student, who Anderson said he did not know was underage, was not becoming of a board member.

After the report was issued, the Denver school board censured Anderson with a vote of 6-1. Anderson was the lone opposing vote. Denver’s district attorney declined to file criminal charges against Anderson.

Both David Sabados, publisher of The Denver North Star, and Matt Sebastian, managing editor of The Denver Post, said they are exploring legal options on whether to appeal the ruling.

The case was originally brought forth by DPS after the media requests were made and the district’s clerk wanted a clear ruling on whether the information could be released.

Details of sexual harassment report by Denver Public Schools will not be released

Details of sexual harassment report by Denver Public Schools will not be released

Sexual harassment allegations against Denver Public Schools board member Tay Anderson were investigated by the school district but the report was redacted. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Two Denver publications asked to see portions of a sexual harassment investigation into the Denver Public Schools board member.

You must be a member to access BusinessDen's exclusive reporting.

Your subscription has expired. Renew now by choosing a subscription below!

For more information, head over to your profile.

Profile


SUBSCRIBE NOW

TERMS OF SERVICE:

ALL MEMBERSHIPS RENEW AUTOMATICALLY. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR A 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AT THE RATE IN EFFECT AT THAT TIME UNLESS YOU CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY LOGGING IN OR BY CONTACTING AARON@BUSINESSDEN.COM.

ALL CHARGES FOR MONTHLY OR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS ARE NONREFUNDABLE.

EACH MEMBERSHIP WILL ONLY FUNCTION ON UP TO 3 MACHINES. ACCOUNTS ABUSING THAT LIMIT WILL BE DISCONTINUED.




Return to Homepage

108809