Counselor claims former SUHSD official sent sexually-charged text messages

Demands full investigation from district
Posted at 7:05 PM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-16 02:38:00-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A high school counselor in the Sweetwater Union High School District claims she is the recipient of unwanted phone calls and text messages from the district's Director of Risk Management, someone she says should know better.

As Director of Risk Management, Brian Borg led sexual harassment training sessions, Michelle Beale told 10News.

Beale filed a claim against Borg and the school district claiming she's been the subject of sexual and workplace discrimination.  A letter to the district from Beale's attorney says she's "been the victim of a consistent barrage of unwelcomed phone calls, texts and face to face conversations of a sexually explicit and harassing nature."

Beale told 10News the comments were too graphic for TV, "... but he did make reference to pulling my hair, putting his hand over my mouth, references to ripping my clothes off, inappropriately touching me..." 

The letter to the district summarizes some of the texts.  One text received May 18, read: "next time u see me, I'm getting hands on and your (sic) getting roughed up."  The letter claims that same day Borg referenced Beale's sleeveless dress, calling it a distraction and texting "I am sooooo ripping ur dress off".

Beale claims Borg referred to her as "Ramirez", which she believes shows he violated her privacy by checking her personnel file.  Ramirez is her maiden name.

"When you read the series of text messages, the overall psyche of the individual himself, its clearly a disturbed person," said Beale. "So with that said I’m not sure what he’s capable of, and I’m extremely fearful that he’ll retaliate against me for reporting his behavior.”

Beal claims she didn't encourage the attention, nor has she reciprocated.

Beale has filed for a restraining order to keep Borg from contacting her.  She's considering filing a civil lawsuit, naming Borg and SUHSD.

Beale's attorney, Marc Carlos, says the district should have handled things better.

“The school board has created a situation that allows an individual like this to engage in this type of conduct," said Carlos.  "If you read the texts, there’s no way this person has not been engaged in this kind of conduct before. So somebody knew about it."

Carlos said if the district knew about the type of conduct Beale accused Borg of "then the school district is in hot water."

Borg is no longer an employee of the Sweetwater Union High School District.  

10News knocked on his door, hoping to get his side of the story. There was no answer, even though it appeared someone was home.

Beale claims she's still getting text messages, but now they come from a blocked phone number.