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San Mateo County Superintendent Anne Campbell sued for failing to act on a child molester

Original post made by Will it ever stop?, another community, on Feb 28, 2014

From the San Mateo Daily Journal today:

"Former Student Sues District Over Janitor Convicted of Groping: Suit Claims Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Ignored, Concealed, Decade of Conduct"

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The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District knew that a former Ralston Middle School janitor had been sexually inappropriate with several girls before being jailed for groping a student in 2010, according to a lawsuit by a former student who claims her 2001 assault would have been prevented had officials acted on earlier incidents.

Roxanne Pedro, now an adult, said in the suit filed Wednesday that the district and employees including now County Superintendent Anne Campbell not only turned “a blind eye to [Andre] Edwards’ propensity for abuse” but also took “affirmative steps” to hide his history such as sealing a 1996 investigation and not contacting police.

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Posted by Will it Ever Stop?
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2014 at 4:38 am

Here we go again. Edwards was NOT required to register as a sex offender. Prosecutor on the criminal case was Melissa Mckowan.

Excerpt from Daily Journal:

In July 2013, Edwards, 55, was sentenced to nine months in jail plus sex offender treatment but not registration. He was originally charged with multiple counts of child molestation but settled the case by pleading no contest to two counts of felony false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance

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Posted by what's your point?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:46 pm

So Edwards settled out the criminal cases against him for "felony false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of child annoyance". This is an entirely different civil suit against the superintendent for a cover-up. What about these disturbing facts warrants leaving it alone - the alleged victim will have her day in court.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Why was the third comment that a person in pain posted here about the Menlo School district deleted today? The Almanac would be advised to start investigating instead of censoring.

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Posted by Also Curious
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I also read the comment that has since been deleted.

Editors, can you please inform us about your standards for deleting comments? "Menlo Voter" frequently calls posters and the public "idiots" and other derogatory names. Unkind accusations/labels are permitted; but, a simple sentence is deleted?


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Posted by Update
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

School District is trying to get the lawsuit dropped:

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The Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District wants the lawsuit by a former student tossed, saying she waited so many years after being molested by a janitor to file a claim that key witnesses have either died, moved to parts unknown or left its employment.

“She’s 12 years too late,” said Tom DeLapp who is speaking on behalf of the district on this matter.

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Posted by SM County taxpayer
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on May 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Anne Campbell is running unopposed (again) for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, at $207,000/year of taxpayer money. Is this the best, indeed only, candidate we can find? Is it really OK to cover up information and then disparage a claimant for seeking justice 12 years later, once the claimant becomes aware of the coverup?

As a San Mateo County taxpayer, I am embarrassed by the "defense" position, and by our non-choice of alternative candidates. Shame on us for not shooting higher.

Is there any followup since the 2/28 article?

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Posted by Answer
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on May 8, 2014 at 6:54 am

To SM County Taxpayer:

The case filed by Rozanne Pedro against the Belmont Shores school district and Superintendent Campbell is ongoing. Go to Case number is CIV527064.

An interesting development:

According to court documents, this week, the attorneys for the San Francisco firm representing Ms Pedro asked that Judge Joseph Scott be removed from the case, on the grounds that the judge is "prejudiced against the Plaintiff, her counsel and/or their interest in the case."

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Posted by Question
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

Will the recent $14M settlement in the Moraga lawsuit be relevant to this case?

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