Boulder principal pleads guilty to tampering with property

BOULDER, Colo. - A Boulder High School principal arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, child abuse and criminal mischief following a dispute with his wife has pleaded guilty to tampering with property.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Kevin Braney returned to work Tuesday after he was placed on paid leave following his arrest.

Police say they were called to a Boulder home on March 6.

Andrea Braney said she spent the evening removing some her belongings from her husband's room. She said when her estranged husband came home from a work function and found some things changed, he started throwing things, damaging property involved in the divorce case and yelling at her.

Police say Braney was charged with child abuse for allowing a child to witness the violence.

Braney told police he did not yell at his wife or touch her, though they did have stern words about finances.

Kevin Braney's attorney Todd Burnham told the newspaper,  "I find it convenient that he is arrested and charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence contemporaneously with divorce papers being filed."

A special prosecutor had been requested in the case because people in the Boulder County District Attorney's office routinely work with Braney in his capacity as principal.