The Greeley-Evans School Board of Education sent a letter to member Brett Reese confronting him with the allegations that he sexually harassed a teacher and attended a board meeting intoxicated.
The Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education voted this morning to publicly censure member Brett Reese, saying that his conduct has been "detrimental to the work of the board and the educational mission of the district, a violation of his oath of office to faithfully perform he duties of the office of school director and a violation of the public trust.”
In a letter addressed to Reese, Greeley-Evans School Board President Linda Trimberger said that the allegations "violates multiple board policies" if true and claims that Reese skipped out twice when the board attempted to confront him.
Reese flatly denies the accusations however, publicly decrying them as being politically motivated. In a written statement which Reese read aloud during Wednesday's special board meeting, he said he had only meant to compliment the teacher on her wedding ring.
An excerpt from Reese's statement:
I was never alone with this woman and I try to make it a habit to never be alone with women in order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
As for the continued unfounded allegation of being under the influence of alcohol. I don’t drink. No one has ever seen me holding a beer at any sporting or political event. I don’t have wine at dinner. I have never been “intoxicated” in my entire life. I believe these types of accusations can become quite serious for those making them. To prove being under the influence, it is required to administer either a breathalyzer test, a blood test or at least a field sobriety check. None obviously were administered to me on the night in question.
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Reese, who hosts a radio show on 104.7 FM Pirate Radio, has received controversial media attention in January for broadcasting sharp attacks on Martin Luther King, Jr on the holiday meant to honor the assassinated civil rights leader. In that broadcast, which aired several times a day, Reese called MLK Jr. a "modern-day plastic god," "a sexual degenerate, an America hating communist and a criminal betrayer of even the interest of his own people."
Reese's statement goes on to say:
Even the greenest political intern understands what these latest accusations amount to. All that is required in the world of politics is to accuse your opponent of moral degradations – no foundation or evidence necessary!
I have no time for this absurd stupidity. I do appreciate this board not addressing the subject of educating our kids. It will do less harm to them.
The Greeley Tribune reports that Reese left the building after conferring his statement, and that the board continued their meeting in a closed-door session to consider Reese for public censure.