FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A high-ranking school official in central New Jersey failed to report allegations that a teacher sexually assaulted a 4-year-old special needs student, then lied to police about the matter, prosecutors said Monday.
Sandra Brower of Wall Township faces charges of official misconduct, obstruction and hindering apprehension in an indictment handed up by a Monmouth County grand jury.
The 46-year-old Brower was serving as Wall’s assistant school superintendent when the incidents allegedly occurred in 2009. She left in 2011 to become superintendent of the Lacey Township district.
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In May of 2009, the student said a teacher took him into a bathroom at the district’s special education school and inappropriately touched him, according to the indictment.
Brower learned of the allegations when a school principal notified her via email, the indictment said. But when police arrived the next day, she allegedly denied any knowledge of the incident and made false and misleading statements to the officers, authorities said.
That evening, Brower allegedly told the district’s information technology director to extract the emails of all district employees whom she believed had knowledge of the email.
The indictment also alleges that district employees who knew about Brower’s false statements to police and her attempted coverup were fired, transferred, or forced to retire or resign.
No one from the district notified police about the allegations, authorities said. Officers learned of the allegations from the state Division of Youth and Family Services.
It was not clear Monday if the allegations against the teacher were ever substantiated or if any charges were filed in the matter.
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