DENVER (KDVR) — Denver school board member Tay Anderson said he’s “stepping back” from his board duties while officials investigate him for sexual assault allegations that he categorically denies.
The announcement comes amid two separate sex-assault claims against Anderson: that he sexually assaulted at least one woman and, now, that he’s sexually assaulted more than 60 students.
“These false claims have put my family and I 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 everyday board functions until the completion of the independent investigation,” Anderson said in a statement.
Anderson said he intends to return to his duties as a board member when the investigation is over, as he is “confident the ongoing investigation will prove what I have said from day one, and that is I have never sexually assaulted anyone.”
In a statement, the Denver Public Schools board said Anderson’s fellow board members “agree with his decision to step back” and that he “will continue to vote on necessary matters before the Board including the hiring of a new superintendent.”
Anderson’s attorney, Chris Decker, who’s also a legal analyst for FOX31, said Anderson has been “falsely accused.” He said no person has come forward with any more details about the allegations and that police had not contacted Anderson in the investigation.
Earlier on Sunday, a student political organization that once had Anderson at its helm has urged him to resign after new claims of sexual assault emerged this week.
The Colorado High School Democrats of America, which said Anderson once served as its chair, called the allegations against him “disturbing” and called for him to resign “immediately.”
“Director Anderson has lost the confidence of the students and families of his school district. Students, including our many members in DPS, should not have to be afraid of one of their school board members,” COHSD Chairman Spencer Wilcox said in a statement. “He must resign.”
Denver Public Schools said it’s investigating the claims. Denver Police said that as of Saturday, they had not heard from any potential victims.
The DPS board said it encouraged anyone with relevant information to reach out to the Investigations Law Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.