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SD Unified trustee Beiser shows up at school board meeting amid sexual assault allegations

Posted at 5:48 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 02:34:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Unified School District board member Kevin Beiser showed up at a Tuesday night meeting amid sexual assault allegations.

In early April, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to ask Beiser to step down.

A lawsuit filed against Beiser by a former political consultant who worked for him for several years claimed Beiser repeatedly sexually assaulted him for years and created a “hostile work environment.”

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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.

“I have not heard any comment from anyone who has said he should not resign, so it’s been pretty unanimous,” said John Lee Evans, vice president of the school board.

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“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,” Evans added.