SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to ask one of their own to step down amid sexual assault allegations.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the district’s school board called on board member Kevin Beiser to resign after a lawsuit was filed against him last month by a former political consultant who had worked for him for several years.
The unnamed man claims Beiser repeatedly sexually assaulted him for years and created a “hostile work environment.”
Beiser has denied the allegations, saying the claims are “politically motivated” and “we intend to vigorously defend ourselves.”
While the school board has no legal authority to remove anyone who has been duly elected by voters, the board can vote to call for a member’s resignation.
John Lee Evans, vice president of the school board, said, “I have not heard any comment from anyone who has said he should not resign, so it’s been pretty unanimous.”
Evans added, “Mr. Beiser certainly has a right to defend himself in the court of law. We just do not believe it’s reasonable that he’s going to defend himself in court and at the same time effectively serve the public.”