Over the weekend, Brewster's retired police chief, Richard Koch, called for an independent, outside investigation of the ongoing sex molestation matter at Stony Brook Elementary School.
In his letter, the retired chief (and now school committee candidate) posed hard questions about administrative oversight and supervision of the teacher accused of molesting boys during the school day and also about the background checks run on potential employees. He also asked for an investigation into the allegations against Stony Brook Principal Mary Pat Allen after charges were dropped in her alleged theft of sex toys from an ex-boyfriend's home in Mashpee and her subsequent reinstatement. (A deep background check might have uncovered the reasons for Ms. Allen's surprisingly short tenure of only six months in her prior position as head of the Smith College Campus School.)
Cape Cod Today joins with Chief Koch in demanding the immediate launch of an independent, outside investigation of matters at Stony Brook Elementary School as cited in Chief Koch's statement.
Quite simply, there is no one in the senior administration responsible for Stony Brook that is not a potential civil defendant in the molestation matter. If that matter rises to the level of criminal negligence in supervising the teacher currently accused of molesting children, then some administrators could become criminal defendants, as well. For both Superintendent Tom Conrad and Principal Allen, this is likely a career ending event. As such they are too involved to investigate the goings-on at Stony Brook and may likely need to be placed on administrative leave during an independent investigation.
Assistant Superintendent Keith Gauley is unfortunately tainted by his service as acting principal at Stony Brook while Principal Allen was on administrative leave this fall. If any of the alleged molestations were committed on Mr. Gauley's watch, he's a potential defendant as well.
Every single teacher at Stony Brook is under a cloud, as investigators explore how homeroom teachers of boys. allegedly raped during computer class, did not detect behavioral changes in the alleged victims. Those teachers' careers are on hold unless and until they can be vindicated by an independent investigation.
The precedent exists here on the Cape - Mashpee Public Schools has used outside investigators several times to determine facts in an alleged embezzlement, an altercation between a custodian and student and in a matter concerning former Superintendent Brian Hyde.
The Brewster School Committee must hire an outside investigator and get the process started right away. The community deserves an objective assessment of the facts and recommendations on how the school can move forward.
Should the school committee fail to initiate an outside investigation at their next meeting, we respectfully suggest that Brewster voters initiate a recall petition against the each member of the Brewster School Committee.
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