Denver School Board director-at-large Tay Anderson, a fervent Black Lives Matter activist, is accused of molesting over 60 undocumented students, using the residency status of the children to target kids as young as 14-years-old.
A parent delivered legislative testimony last Tuesday, claiming there is an unidentified sexual predator within the school system who has targeted students.
Brooks Fleming told the committee that 62 individuals had sought help handling the unnamed perpetrator. The abusive experiences ranged from unwanted touching to "violent acts of rape," the woman said. 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, Brooks Fleming stated.
Mary-Katherine 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, the Denver Post reported.
"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," Brooks Fleming said in the legislative testimony. "It is horrifying to realize that someone had preyed on these children, knowing their silence was guaranteed."
Brooks Fleming has volunteered at Blue Bench, a nonprofit organization that aids sexual assault victims. Anderson, an elected Democrat on the Education Board, has been under investigation by the school district for another sexual assault allegation, an anonymous complaint, published by Black Lives Matter 5280.
The Denver Public Schools board hired outside firm Investigation Law Group. On May 18, the school board said the firm was conducting final interviews and was expected to produce its report within the next 30 days.
However, Brooks Fleming's testimony came after that announcement was made and the district said Friday the investigation remains open.
In an email statement sent to the Denver Post on Friday night, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education wrote: "The Board was made aware of testimony at the Colorado Capitol this week and was later informed that the accusations were against Director Tay Anderson." The Denver police are also aware, the email said.
Anderson has since called the accusations "unsubstantiated false allegations." He announced via Sunday press release that he will be stepping back from everyday board functions until the independent investigation is completed, but is "confident" the ongoing probe will prove Anderson's innocence.
"I look forward to returning in the coming months to continue the fight for Denver students," Anderson wrote, adding that he will refrain from comments until then.
When political adversaries in Anderson's local district declared that Black Lives Matter commits Marxist terrorism, he said that Denver Public Schools "believes that Black Lives Matter" and he "will be cement [the ideology] in policy."
A white parent at the March school board meeting denounced Black Lives Matter, prompting Anderson to label the opposition "bigotry" in the public comment session. "Denver Public Schools believes Black Lives Matter!" he repeated.
A teacher at Bennett Ranch Elementary in Peyton was disciplined for teaching Black Lives Matter propaganda to students in the Art Explore class without following district policy of notifying parents about potential controversial topics.
"WHAT?" Anderson tweeted in February. "I'm so grateful that Denver Public Schools gives our teachers autonomy to teach these important things."
Anderson defended the widespread violence perpetrated by Black Lives Matter rioters and Antifa militants in the aftermath of George Floyd's death last May.
"I'd love to see where Black Lives Matter as an organization called on folks to riot and burn down cities," Anderson tweeted Jan. 13 of this year. "I'd also love to know about the mythical organization of "ANTIFA." He stated that "last time I checked that organization doesn't exist," referring to how President Joe Biden downplayed the far-left extremist movement as just "an idea" on the November debate stage.
The Washington Post described Anderson as "the face of Denver's protests." Anderson told the Denver police chief that protesters will shut down rush-hour traffic whether or not law enforcement blocks the streets, he threatened with the directive, according to the Washington Post's profile on Anderson.
Anderson is considered Colorado's youngest Black elected official who obtained an at-large seat with backing from the Denver teachers union in 2019.
He has served leadership roles in the Colorado Democratic Party and in the Colorado House of Representatives, according to Anderson's campaign website.
When he was elected, on the eve of the first board meeting, Anderson said he would remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance. "We will not stand while our country separates families and keeps kids in cages," he said at the time.
He has vowed to end the "(pre)school to prison pipeline," implementing gender neutral bathrooms, "expanding restorative justice," and ending "period poverty."
The Denver School Board mandated all-gender restrooms in schools and district facilities after the board passed the resolution in January mandating the practice.
"The district will work to support adults important to the child on greater acceptance," the resolution read, "however, the district will not wait for such adult acceptance or require parents' or guardians' consent before honoring the student's self-reported gender identity and gender expression."