June 10, 2021
Further details were revealed Thursday about Tay Anderson’s 2019 support for the school board by the Denver Teachers Union and whether union leaders knew of the allegations of inappropriate conduct at the time.
Denver Classroom Teachers Association President Rob Gould said in a statement Thursday that the union’s political arm “received an anonymous letter containing baseless, nebulous allegations that Mr. Anderson misused board funds and alleged a woman on the board of a local Representation of interests behaved inappropriately ”. Group.”
A union spokesman confirmed that the local advocacy group was Never Again Colorado, a youth-run anti-gun violence group of which Anderson was president, 22, 2018. Gould said the allegations were “not verifiable”. The union backed Anderson in 2019, and he won.
In a separate statement, Anderson confirmed Thursday that the union had asked him about his time at Never Again Colorado during the 2019 campaign. Since then, he has said that some of his behavior as president of the group is inappropriate. But Anderson has claimed that his behavior then or at any time did not involve sexual assault.
Anderson is currently the subject of an independent investigation initiated by his colleagues on the Denver School Board into allegations of sexual misconduct that surfaced this spring. The board said Thursday it expected results of the investigation by the end of summer. The district has so far spent more than $ 50,000 on the investigation, the board said.
The most serious allegations were anonymous and second-hand.
In March, local civil rights group Black Lives said Matter 5280, a woman who wanted to remain anonymous, told them Anderson sexually assaulted her.
In April, anonymous former members of Never Again Colorado wrote a letter claiming that Anderson had made lewd comments, including provoking them to “sexualized acts”.
In May, a Denver activist said dozens of young women had come to her to seek protection from a certain man. The school board later said the allegations were about Anderson.
And this week, Radhika Nath, who also ran for the school board in 2019, said the teachers’ union had asked them to switch from their race to Anderson’s general race because they feared a sexual assault allegation would go public and knock him out Quarrels.
Gould said the union asked Nath to postpone the races in May 2019, but not because of an allegation against Anderson. However, Nath also issued a statement Thursday saying that union-employed political advisor Rachel Caine will be released on Jan.
“I was uncomfortable with the position the union had put me in and I decided to share the information with Mr. Anderson’s campaign so he could address the allegations directly,” said Nath.
Anderson’s attorney, Christopher Decker, said in a statement Thursday that the claim that Anderson “has been approached by anyone in DCTA or any other candidate, particularly on sexual assault allegations, is categorically false.”
Chalkbeat couldn’t reach Caine on Thursday.
Thursday’s statements follow on from Chalkbeat’s reporting that the union’s supportive political arm, the DCTA Fund, knew of a 2019 letter written by a young woman who voiced it that she was afraid of Anderson.
Earlier this week, Anderson denied knowing about a letter in 2019. He said he was “deeply disappointed” that the union “has hidden this notice, if it actually exists”.
But after the union released more details on Thursday about the allegations it received in 2019, Anderson said the union asked him about his time at Never Again Colorado. In a public apology released in April, Anderson described his misconduct at Never Again Colorado as “various explicit comments I made as a teenager”. He admitted they were inappropriate and said he later resigned as president of the group.
Gould said that after speaking with Anderson in 2019, the union was convinced the allegations in the anonymous letter were unfounded.
“The letter gave no details of the allegations and there was no indication that a minor could be involved, so there was no reporting requirement,” said Gould. He added that “the fund does not have the capacity to conduct background research on every single candidate.”
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