D.A. Spokesperson Reports Investigation, Decision-making Process 'Still Ongoing'
by Marta Tarbell
Apr 12, 2012 | 13876 views | 42 42 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – A spokesperson with the Denver District Attorney’s office confirmed late Tuesday that “Denver police detectives met with prosecutors from the Denver District Attorney’s Office today to review the investigation of allegations" about behavior "that occurred in February at the Pepsi Center during the state wrestling championship. The investigation and our decision-making process are still ongoing at this time.”

There could be more information by the end of the week.

Last week, officials with the Denver Police Department confirmed the department was “actively” investigating charges that Norwood students were involved in a sexual assault in Denver during the State Wrestling Tournament that took place Feb. 16-18.

Per the Colorado Child Protection Act of 1987, school employees who have reason to believe that a child in their care has been assaulted must report their suspicions, in writing and orally, to county social services and/or law enforcement authorities.

Denver officers were at Norwood High School Tuesday, April 10, interviewing students and staff about an alleged assault on tournament grounds.

“The investigation is ongoing, and that’s where we’re at,” said the department's Public Information Officer John White. The department will not release any more information, in part “because minors are involved.”

Norwood Superintendent of Schools Dave Crews said, in an April 12 email to The Watch, "Thank you for your concern on this matter. Because we are dealing with personnel and student matters I cannot comment on it. However, I can tell you that our continued drive and commitment is to provide a safe environment for students to receive a quality education to prepare them to have success after high school. At this time we have not had any disciplinary incidents at school pertaining to this case. It is a safe environment. Thank you for your understanding of the situation."

A receptionist for Norwood School District attorney Darryl Farrington was instructed to not put a reporter's message through to his voicemail Friday.

Nor has Farrington acknowledged earlier phone and email messages regarding the Tuesday, April 10 visit from Denver police to Norwood High School. Farrington, with the Denver law firm Semple, Farrington and Everall, has specialized in school law and special district law for more than 30 years, according to his firm's website. He "currently serves as general counsel to approximately 35 school districts and boards of cooperative services throughout Colorado…."

In addition to Norwood, Farrington lists Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray districts among his clients.

Parties who wish to remain unidentified say that parents are organizing a group to attend an April 17 meeting of the Norwood School Board and ask the question, “How are you keeping our children safe?”



Comments
(42)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
SmallTownMama
|
April 25, 2012
Just the small town crap I have seen over and over. Nothing ever changes, because stupidity lacks the ability to learn. It is easier to believe if someone is nice to your face then they would truly never commit a wrong doing. That is ignorance at its best and certainly no surprise. I remember having a conversation with a child abuse official in Denver that related to me that the West End had one of the highest instances of child abuse in the state and rarely could get charges filed or obtain a conviction. I asked if they knew why this was such a problem. The response did not shock me. She said people were closed-mouthed and more concerned about the reputation of people they know rather than the rights of the poor child that was victimized. It is despicable thinking and behavior. Until this ignorant ideology is changed, children will continue to suffer through the hands of their community. It is no wonder that the West End has a reputation for harboring and protecting child abusers; if you want to get away with child abuse, be respected, liked, and live in the West End. Fact is, one’s chances of winning the lottery are far greater than a child lying about abuse. You naysayers will one day feel the Karma and will have no one to blame but yourself. And for those fighting so vehemently for our children's safety at the expense of being ostracized and condemned, I applaud your efforts; you are my heroes.
NorwoodMomma
|
April 17, 2012
Wow - Talk about the apple not falling far from the tree. Sounds like bullying at its finest.
patheticgossip
|
April 16, 2012
Gossip, truth, lies and deceit! Do we dare say or do anything that someone will misconstrue? If I looked at you cross-eyed, would you say I was blind, dumb, ugly or stupid? If I dressed all in black and wore my hat backwards, would you say I was in a gang or did drugs? What if I colored my hair like a rainbow, would you call me gay? If I didn't get what I wanted and lied about it, would you still think I'm cool? If I bullied others and got away with it, would you say I'm lucky?

If I drove a beat-up car, would you say I'm 'low class'? It's time to take a good hard look at ourselves and stop the gossip, stop the lies, stop the petty bantering and most importantly, STOP THE FALSE ACCUSATIONS AND MAN-UP TO THE LIE THAT'S BEEN SPREAD THAT'S RUINING THE LIVES OF THE INNOCENT. DO YOU NOT HAVE INTEGRITY? Better to confess your sin and ask forgiveness than to attempt to ruin the lives of others as God knows the answers and it will be revealed through Him. Remember..."An eye for an eye".

The individuals that are being accused of this crime are innocent until proven guilty. And so far..they haven't been charged. The person who leaked this to the media, has done this for their own personal gain and to set out to ruin lives and change those forever. The 'apple' didn't fall too far from the tree in this case. Vendictive behavour in the household usually rears its ugly head in public. So let go of the gossip, lies and deceipt and tell the truth before anymore of your 'homies' are damaged forever. Seriously accuser...I pray for your confession!
norwoodcitizen
|
April 16, 2012
Yes God does know the truth.
Gjcitizen
|
April 16, 2012
Hopefully you are praying the truth comes out! It is a sad day when we attack someone for coming forward and telling the truth. Ask yourself this - what possible gain would this victim have to make up such a story? To my knowledge he has not been supported and embraced but rather criticized and bullied. In addition, I hope you are praying that everyone gets the professional help they need to heal and move forward. If these boys are not punished and given the help they need there is a high likely hood they will continue their sexually deviant and predatory ways and will become adult offenders. Consider if these boys are not punished and go on to hurt a member of your family. I bet you would be singing a different tune then!!
norwoodcitizen
|
April 16, 2012
What a vicoius, hateful person you must be to say

"seriously accuser... I pray for your confession."

We are talking about a child. Why would he put himself thru all of this if not for the truth.

Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NorwoodResident
|
April 16, 2012
You refer to god. Amazing how you turn to god when it suits you. What kid would want any of this kind of drama? All you have to do is look at whose involved and you will know who is telling the truth. (A) a kid who has never been in trouble a day in his life or (B) kids who already have a criminal records. Not sure god is going to get you out of this one you might have turned to him a little late.
npsparent
|
April 16, 2012
Wow, I sure hope you are not a parent! What an awful example you are setting if you are.
Shandoka
|
April 16, 2012
Accuser I pray for your confession? Really? You do know this is a child you are talking about right? I have known this young man since he was two, and he does not lie. He can't since his face betrays him with his goofy smile. This whole thing is beyond anything he ever could have thought of. I can't believe how horrible everyone is being towards him. Personally, I want to see all of these kids get help. Every single one of them needs help and support. If we don't get the three boys help, then who knows what could happen next. As far as the victim goes pathetic gossip, if you were to pay attention, his entire demeanor as changed. He always used to laugh. Now he is quiet, reserved and anxious. Where is the compassion?
FoxNewsSucks
|
April 16, 2012
NorwoodResident - you apparently do not know the kids involved, or have been mis-informed, because none of them have criminal records. I suggest you re-tract your comment as it is inaccurate and libelous.
Coloradokid
|
April 17, 2012
Take a second and breathe gossip girl. Your smear tactics are filled with desperation and ignorance. How would you act if your child or loved one was potentially sexually assaulted or harmed in any way shape or form? No need to tip toe around burning bridges I'm sure. ESPECIALLY if there were attempts to hide and silence details? It would be scorched earth warfare to put it lightly.

The real shame rests on the shoulders of those with the power and trust to do the right thing from the beginning. You decided to leverage one way or another thinking this would just disappear? Too little too late. I hope the public makes examples of you as you are not fit to influence the lives of the town's youth.

The truth will come out regardless of which side of the fence you decide to stand. Long standing feuds and small town bickering have no place here. The alleged victim and the accused deserve better.

watcher9000
|
April 28, 2012
patheticgossip

Back in the day I got beat up coming home from school. I was six; my assailants were about 12 and 15. I never said a word about it to anyone. My dad was an alcoholic, and he wouldn't have done a thing, anyway.

Juvenile courts work differently than adult courts. For that reason, we will probably never hear the outcome of deliberations, publically. I think our courts have the capability to solve this case, and admnister an appropriate punishment, if that's warranted. I think that you have already made up your mind, though! (Tell it to the court!!!!!!)

Since I come from the area on the western slope in question, I hope the town as a whole is more objective than you. That charges were filed makes the allegations fairly serious. If these accused were my kids, I'd get to the bottom of these allegations fast. There's little doubt they'll be treated fairly as juveniles, however, if they come from the kind of home that pooh-poohs this kind of crap, there's little doubt in my mind we'll be hearing from them in the future as adults -- for something far more serious.
DParent
|
April 16, 2012
What exactly is "good ol boys"? How can you say that when you have NO idea what has happened!! BOTH parties in this case have "BIG"names in NOrwood, you cant say that its a "Good ol Boy" situation for the parent who is pressing charges and not the parents who's children being ACCUSED! Did you notice "ACCUSED" NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED so apperently when the investigators came all the way from Denver they didnt find anything serious at that time or those kids would have been arrested!!! Correct?!?! Its not just the Coachs and Teachers responsibility to call law enforcement when there is "accusations" of sexual assault... I say "Shame on the Parents who didnt take there child to the hospital or call law enforcement ASAP" They should of beent he first ones to make the first step not the Coaches. If my child was in this situation I would of went straight to law enforcement not wait almost two weeks to file charges. Ya you probably didnt know about that huh? Mychld goes to this school and knows the boys that are involved and I would still trust my child with the boys and there parents. I hope you all take a step back and get BOTH sides of what REALLY happened before you start pointing fingers. If they were such bad kids and all you parents thought something should of been done sooner then SHAME ON YOU FOR SITTING BACK, apparently you didnt think they were that bad! This is in Law Enforcements hands now so let them decide what truly happened
Gjcitizen
|
April 16, 2012
School personnel (including coaches and the superintendent) have an ethical, moral and LEGAL responsibility to report when a child has been neglected, hurt, abused or when a crime has occurred against a child to the appropriate officials!! To say that they don't have any responsibility or obligation to do so is absolutely ignorant! This is the first thing you learn in any and all education classes!
NorwoodMomma
|
April 19, 2012
"Did you notice "ACCUSED" NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED so apperently when the investigators came all the way from Denver they didnt find anything serious at that time or those kids would have been arrested!!!"

So what exactly does it mean now that charges have been pressed???

What is your next excuse.
NorwoodMomma
|
April 19, 2012
"If they were such bad kids and all you parents thought something should of been done sooner then SHAME ON YOU FOR SITTING BACK, apparently you didn't think they were that bad!"

It’s called fear of retribution. You see bullying is happening at all levels. It’s why you and I both hide behind a screen name. It looks like the victim and his family finally stood up and took a stand against it.
scottstropko
|
April 15, 2012
This is a great town. My children feel safe at school and have absolutely no interest in leaving. It has been awesome to see their improvements in confidence, academics, and athletic ability. I trust them in the care of the administrators, coaches, and teachers - many of them very great at what they do and volunteering more than their required time. All being said, we most certainly have room for improvement in policy, discipline, accountability, and communication.

I am interested in what really did happen at the wrestling tournament in Denver - lots of stories ranging from adolescent "roughhousing" to the unimaginable. This info doesn't seem to appear or be available anywhere and with the sought charges at hand, this leaves much to be interpreted. One would hope the severity of accusations would be consistent with the actual incident, in any situation. The interpretation, language, and accusation being thrown around has terrific and grave consequences for more than just the few involved. Pretty tough to explain to the kids and it's too bad this path has been chosen. If this misbehaviour has such a long track record of unnapproval by the community as a whole, then shame on all of us for letting it get to this point. I guess in time all truth will come to light. In the meantime, I hope we focus our energy on moving forward to make this town even better than it currently is and better involving ourselves to insure this happens.
NorwoodResident
|
April 15, 2012
My 2 cents - cops don't travel from Denver for 'roughhousing'
NorwoodResident
|
April 14, 2012
2 questions regarding the Colorado Protection Act of 1987

First – Why did it take so long to report it? I would think that when a child in their care tells them they have been assaulted that would raise suspicions.

Second – How many school employees ‘forgot’/ or just plain ignored it?

Certainly seems like a case of the good ol’ boys
Shandoka
|
April 15, 2012
I hope you will consider going to the board meeting this Tuesday and ask these questions. Just so you know, if you do go, you cannot directly refer to the kids or the event. Otherwise, they could close the meeting. Pleasencome and ask.
NorwoodResident
|
April 15, 2012
Unfortunatly I will not be able to attend (prior commitments). I am hoping that Marta will be there and can accurately report the findings.
ithastostop
|
April 14, 2012
This has to stop now! This is not the first time these two young boys have done this. The fist time this happened the school officials put in charge of protecting our children brushed it under the rug and chalked it up to boys being boys. This is not boys being boys this is straight up harassment and bullying at its worst. This harassment has long term physiological effects on child, no one should ever feel the way these victims feel. please take a stand and understand its about protecting the children and not about small town politics.
npsparent
|
April 14, 2012
These boys have gotten away with too much. Their parents continue to make excuses for them time and time again. Instead of making excuses,try punishing your kids for their actions. Also the parents should learn to lead by example.
npsparent
|
April 14, 2012
This is not boys being boys! My heart goes out to the victim and his family. I know them very well and they are good peolpe who have done a lot for this school and community.
corcernedparent
|
April 14, 2012
It may be true that bullying is going on in the school. However, before people start pointing fingers, they need to hear the entire story from both sides. If you haven't, you are entitled to your own opinion but keep it to yourself. And bullying wouldn't be as big of an issue as it is if certain people disciplined all students the exact same way and if administration actually informed the school board of the actual happenings at the school, not just what they think the board should hear.
telluride
|
April 14, 2012
What is going on at this school so that it took an anonymous letter to the local papers and to Denver's Channel 7 television station to get this story out in the open?
wrightsmesa1
|
April 14, 2012
Before we all go on a witch hunt please remember that there are some very good teachers at Norwood Schools who really care and are concerned about their students, and that there are some very good kids who attend school there!
norwoodcitizen
|
April 14, 2012
This is true, but where are these good teachers when a child comes to the school and asks for help and is told he is a liar and nothing is done and the teachers don't speak up and say this isn't right. I think the majority of students are good and only a few bad ones, but where does it stop.
wrightsmesa1
|
April 14, 2012
I agree it needs to stop, but generalizations won't help. The teachers I am talking about would never call a child a liar. Maybe the staff at the school are afraid to come forward, maybe the kids aren't the only ones who fear retribution?????? Who knows?
Shandoka
|
April 15, 2012
Just so you know this happened at State in Denver. Most of the teachers didn't hear anything until after, so it was all second hand information. I believe the three boys only got a two day in school suspension. The victim has to see them everyday. Kids have been expelled for far less. I can only guess that the three boys have not been expelled because of who the two are related to. I also feel that improper decisions are being made by the school board since one of the parents refuses to step down. There is a lot of intimidation going on at the adult level, which is just another word for bullying. We need parents to show upnat the school board meeting to let them know that we aren't going to believe their lies anymore, and how we want our kids to be protected; that a last name should have nothing to do with how a child is disciplined. We need all of your help. Several people are coming, so you will not be the only one. Please everyone consider coming.
Farmerly
|
April 13, 2012
This isn't the first cover up of sexual misconduct at Norwood Schools. Karma is bound to catch up with the Good Ol' Boy, "keep-it-in-the-family" mentality running the school... Those boys kept it in the families alright! It's about time bullying has hit home with these parents. Maybe it will convince them they have a problem. Judging from the superintendent's comments, however, maybe not. Sweep it under the rug! It'll go away! NOT this time.
audreyd
|
April 13, 2012
Pulled my kid out of this school because of bullying-by classmates and a teacher! He is doing better elsewhere. They keep everything hidden. Norwood Post writes nothing about what residents need to know. Sad "boys will be boys" mentality at that school. And a team mate no less. But the boys will probably get away with it...they always do there. Sad.
westender
|
April 13, 2012
The school board is not listening to the voters of this community by not expelling those boys when the incident happened. I think the word RECALL is in order. Your children have been going to school with these boys and you didn't know they had assaulted someone. What else are they keeping from you? It seems everyone is so worried about the rights of the the little darlings that committed this crime that they have total dismissed the victims feelings. What punishment did the boys get Mr. Crews besides one day of in school suspension? Does the punishment match the crime. Don't think so....are you missing some balls? Stand up to that school board president and stand up for the victim. The citizens of Norwood demand you get off the fence and do the right thing...we will fight for you to stay....if you waver and not do anything...I would start dusting off the old resume. These are kids but their are consequences to actions it's time to teach.
NorwoodResident
|
April 14, 2012
I guess I missed something – Superintendent Crews emailed the paper saying ‘At this time we have not had any disciplinary incidents at school pertaining to this case.’ You mean to tell me the boys were suspended. Has Crews he forgotten which lie he has told and who he told it to? Or is it just coincidence that the same boys were in trouble for something else.
AreaResident
|
April 13, 2012
The real problem here is that it is CHILDREN. If you are a child that has been bullied, harrassed or assualted you NEED TO BE PROTECTED. It is the obligation of the schoold district and especially the Norwood School Board. Shame on the Norwood School Board for not keeping everyone advised. I have been hearing rumors for years about how if you are not with the in crowd in Norwood the kids are very cruel. It is a national problem and it can not be taken lightly. If there was not an incident I doubt if the Denver PD would be investigating. If there was an assault then the school district has an OBLIGATION to punish and to show ALL the children that they are going to be protected no matter what.
Shandoka
|
April 13, 2012
I so agree with you.
jethro1477
|
April 13, 2012
The real problem here is the school and the personnel that work there. I have a child that has been bullied by these same children. They would catch him in the hall and lunch line and punch him in the genitals, they also got him down in PE and repetitively hit him in the face with a ball until his glasses broke. They would also pick at him in class. When he had enough he threw a chair across the room at them. My husband and I have both spent alot of time speaking with the Vice Principal at the time. He tried to punish my child for standing up for him self. It got to the point where we moved and placed our children in another school district that does not tolerate bullying. I dealt with bullying at Norwood School for at least 4 years and nothing was ever done. To my knowledge the children bullying were never punished. The statement from Dave Crews ("our continued drive and commitment is to provide a safe environment for students to receive a quality education to prepare them to have success after high school. At this time we have not had any disciplinary incidents at school pertaining to this case") is not true. Norwood School does not provide a safe environment for students to learn and excel. There have never been disciplinary actions for certain students with the right last name.

npsparent
|
April 12, 2012
Very troubling...those kids need punished to the fullest

Extent and so does the school and the school board
NorwoodResident
|
April 12, 2012
I applaud The Watch, shame on the Norwood Post for not keeping the Norwood parents abreast of what is going on. It’s good to know that someone is covering the local news. I have a child attending the School and had no idea the Denver PD were there. If the Denver Police travel to po dunk Norwood to investigate something there must be just cause. They don’t just travel 6 hours for nothing. Maybe I should attend the School Board meeting on the 17th to see what is being done to keep my child safe. Then I could ask Superintendent Crews how he can sit at his desk and respond to an email assuring my child’s safety while the Denver PD are standing at his door.
norwoodcitizen
|
April 12, 2012
Thank you Telluride Watch for bringing this matter to the community. There have been so many rumors and false statement you don't know what to believe. If the Denver police are investigating then something must have happened and it is time for this community to stand up and say enough is enough. We have to stop bullying, hazing and sexual assault now. Our kids are at stake.
Gjcitizen
|
April 12, 2012
I am so thankful this situation is being handeled by the police. A crime occurred and to act like this is normal teenage behavior is ignorant and ludicrous. It is shameful that adults are acting like bullies and modeling this behavior for their children. The truth always comes out in the end. Please know that professionals from around the state are closely monitoring his case.