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Board to Discuss Allegation in Closed Session
May 13, 2009 - The Charles A. Beard School Board will meet privately in executive session Tuesday evening to receive information regarding an allegation that Athletic Director David Bradford struck a Knightstown High School softball player during a softball game last month.
Bradford, who coaches the softball team, is alleged to have struck a 17-year-old KHS junior on her left arm during a home game on April 23, knocking the girl off the bench in the dugout and leaving a mark on her arm. He was placed on paid administrative leave the day after the incident, and has not yet been allowed to return to work.
CAB Superintendent Gary Storie told The Banner on Monday that he has completed his investigation into the allegation. He said he will present the information he compiled to the school board during their executive session on May 19 preceding their regular monthly meeting, which is open to the public.
"I think, based on what I've done, I feel like I've been as thorough as I can be," Storie said. "Obviously, it's a very serious allegation -- it's a serious matter. It's worthy of plenty of effort."
Storie is expected to make some recommendation to the board in terms of what, if anything, should happen to Bradford. The seven-member board can, but is not obligated to, approve Storie's recommendation.
Despite an initial recommendation from the Knightstown Police Department that Bradford be charged with battery, the Henry County Prosecutor's office has not yet charged Bradford with anything. Scott Pinkerton, investigator for the Henry County Prosecutor's office, told The Banner Tuesday morning that the matter remains under investigation.
The crime of battery -- knowingly or intentionally touching another person "in a rude, insolent, or angry manner" -- is normally a Class B misdemeanor that can bring a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. If there is bodily injury, however, it is a Class A misdemeanor that can result in as much as a year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
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