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Denver School Board member Tay Anderson addresses hundreds of protesters in front of the Capitol building on Sept. 23, 2020, in Denver following the Kentucky grand jury announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. The crowd then began marching downtown to the office of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

Tay Anderson, a school board director for Denver Public Schools, is facing new allegations of sexual assault after a parent testified in front of a legislative committee that a district employee sexually assaulted over 60 students, according to a statement from the district's Board of Education.

"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 of these accusations," the statement read.

Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming, a mother of three DPS students, claimed while testifying to a legislative committee in support of Senate Bill 21-088 on Tuesday that over 61 current DPS students and one former had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed district employee.  

Brooks Flemming claimed the assaults varied from unwanted touching to "violent acts of rape" in her testimony. 

Jay Casillas, a public information officer for the Denver Police Department said they are aware of the allegations and have been in contact with Brooks Flemming, but no one has come forward to report the alleged assaults. 

"If someone is a victim, we encourage them to contact Denver Police," Casillas said in a statement to The Denver Gazette. 

In the wake of the new allegations Anderson issued a statement on Twitter Friday evening regarding Brooks Fleming's testimony on Tuesday. 

"These allegations are troubling and must be investigated," Anderson said in the statement. 

"We must ensure Denver Public Schools is a safe space for all students, and we must build systems in our district that continually protect our students from any possibility of harm."

CBS4 and The Denver Post reported the allegations are against Anderson and that the school board is aware of the situation. Both outlets reported that the school board director or his lawyer, Chris Decker, denied the allegations. 

Attempts to reach Anderson and Decker were unsuccessful on Saturday.

Reports of sexual assault allegation against Anderson began in late March when BlackLivesMatter5280 released a public statement that an unidentified woman accused the school board director of sexual assault. The woman asked for a public apology from Anderson and seek help.

The following day, Anderson issued a statement on Twitter denying the allegations and calling them "gut-wrenching."

"I have not sexually assaulted anyone. I am not aware of any actions of mine that could be considered or construed as sexual assault," Anderson said on March 27.

Despite the claims, Anderson welcomed an investigation into the alleged incident. 

As a response to the allegations, DPS Board of Education hired an Investigations Law Group to conduct an investigation. 

"The Board of Education is committed to ensure a fair and thorough investigation," a statement read. "It is critically important that all individuals feel safe and supported to participate in this process, and the Board will use any and all authority it has to protect those who participate. Retaliation or intimidation of witnesses will not be tolerated."

The Board is encouraging anyone with relevant information involving the past or latest accusations to contact interviews@ilgdenver.com.

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