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 Athletic Dirctor’s Future Still Uncertain Four Weeks After Incident

May 20, 2009 - As of yesterday’s news deadline, the fate of the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation Athletic Director David Bradford remained unclear, nearly four weeks after he allegedly battered a student.

Bradford, who is also head coach of the Knightstown High School softball team, is alleged to have struck one of his players during a game last month, knocking the girl off a bench in the dugout and leaving a mark on her arm. He has been on paid administrative leave since April 24, the day after the game.

The Charles A. Beard School Board met privately in executive session immediately prior to last night’s regular monthly meeting to receive information about the allegation against Bradford. In the executive session, CAB Superintendent Gary Storie was expected to present the seven-member board with findings of an investigation he did into the incident, as well as a recommendation on how to handle the situation.

Under state statutes setting forth the procedures for terminating a teacher, CAB would be required to give Bradford written notice if the school board plans to meet to consider canceling his contract. The school board, however, would not be able to meet to do this less than 30 or more than 40 days after he is given notice.

It is not known whether CAB has already given Bradford notice that the school board plans to consider canceling his contract. When contacted Tuesday, Storie declined to confirm whether this notice had been given, and he did not say if a public record request The Banner filed last week asking for copies of any notice CAB sent Bradford would be granted.

If CAB does notify Bradford that the school board intends to consider canceling his contract, he will have 15 days to request a hearing before the board, if he wants one. Again, Storie declined to say whether Bradford had made such a request for a hearing, which would have to be held during a public meeting.

The Knightstown Police Department, after conducting its initial investigation, recommended that Bradford be charged with battery. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, the Henry County Prosecutor’s office still had filed no charges in this matter.

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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