Tay Anderson, a leader of the leftist Black Lives Matter (BLM) group in Denver, Colorado, who served as a director of the Denver School Board, stepped down from his duties in June after being accused of serious sexual assaults. They now announced that he was rehired arguing that the investigation “has dragged on well beyond the agreed-upon timeline.”

The main allegations made in 2021 against Anderson indicate that he sexually assaulted at least 62 students, ranging from unwanted physical contact to violent rape. But these are not the only allegations he received.

In 2019, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association had already received an anonymous letter alleging sexual misconduct by Anderson. And despite this, they endorsed him and even donated money to his candidacy for school board president, local media outlet The Gazette reported.

In April 2021 Denver Public Schools announced that it had hired a private law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations against Anderson.

Mary Brooks Fleming, the mother of three students within the Denver Public Schools district, was one of the key witnesses in the case and was the one who caught the attention of the national press when she testified during a legislative committee in the state legislature saying that some 62 children about 14 years old had allegedly been sexually abused. 

“Kids were coming to my house asking for medical attention. One 14-year-old boy needed stitches. In all, 61 high school students and one recent graduate came to me for help,” Fleming said. “Sixty-two victims as young as 14 years old! Sixty-one were undocumented or dreamers. They were all so afraid of this man.”

Gigi Gordon, one of the complainants against Anderson, organized a protest in early June at Denver City Hall, demanding that they urge the alleged harasser to resign his position. The protest was joined by more than 12,000 signatories who supported the petition. 

Anderson announced that he would temporarily step down from his day-to-day board duties during the investigation in the face of the pressure. In his announcement on Twitter, he denied the allegations and said:

“These false claims have put my family and I in danger,” Anderson wrote. “I must protect those I love first, therefore, I will step away from day-to-day board functions until the independent investigation is completed.”

In stepping down he said he had been told the investigation would be completed in thirty days, but then extended for another 30 days.

But in an open letter released this week, Anderson advised the education community that in light of the delay in the investigation, he had decided to resume his duties as a Board of Education Director. 

“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,” Anderson stated.

Anderson’s attorney wrote in a public letter that his client does not recognize any of the charges against him, and until the judges rule otherwise, he will remain innocent. For this reason, he was motivated to return to his job. 

In any case, the social condemnation he has had to face during the last few weeks has brought him to the brink of suicide, according to Anderson. 

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