The Greeley-Evans District 6 Board of Education issued a unanimous censure Thursday morning condemning the "contemptuous" conduct of member Brett Reese, who is accused of sexually harassing a teacher and repeatedly being under the influence of alcohol at board meetings.
An often controversial figure, Reese has denied the allegations, saying he was with his 13-year-old daughter when he exchanged pleasantries with the teacher at Winograd Elementary School and admired her wedding ring.
He said anyone who knows him knows he does not drink alcohol. "I have never been 'intoxicated' in my entire life," he said in a statement.
Reese was not present during the 8 a.m. Thursday board meeting where members briefly discussed the censure resolution then voted 6-0 to adopt it, said district spokesman Roger Fiedler.
The strongly worded censure resolution blasted Reese's conduct, saying that since his November 2009 election Reese's behavior has been disruptive and detrimental to the board and the district's educational mission and a "violation of the public trust."
"Mr. Reese has engaged in a pattern of behavior toward his fellow board members, district staff, members of the public, and others which is demeaning, disruptive, contemptuous and unproductive," the censure said.
The resolution cited a May 9 complaint that "Mr. Reese approached a district teacher who was alone in her classroom and engaged in non-consensual conduct that included inappropriate touching and comments of a sexually suggestive nature."
After an investigation of the teacher incident, the board found Reese's conduct violated board policies for School Board Member Conduct, Sexual Discrimination and Harassment and the Code of Ethics for School Board Members, the censure said.
The board said it had observed and has received reports from district staff and members of the public that Reese has "attended board meetings on several occasions with a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath," the censure said.
The censure said Reese "frequently is absent from meetings of the board, has arrived late for meetings on multiple occasions, and leaves meetings before their conclusion," without explanation.
Reese has become a lightning rod for controversy.
In January, Reese ran a commentary on his radio station that called Martin Luther King a "sexual degenerate, an America-hating communist and a criminal traitor of even his own people."
School board members called the comments "inflammatory and detrimental."
The board agreed on a resolution acknowledging Reese's right to free speech, but decried his message. That prompted Reese to walk out of a board meeting.
Reese threatened to carry his concealed weapon to board meetings after his life was threatened over the King message. Days later, a judge permanently revoked Reese's concealed weapons permit after Reese allegedly threatened a business competitor.
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