BOE member outraged over findings of sex harassment probe into suspended Newburgh superintendent

A Newburgh Board of Education member is speaking out about the findings of a sexual harassment investigation against their suspended school superintendent.

News 12 Staff

Dec 17, 2021, 10:59 PM

Updated 887 days ago

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A Newburgh Board of Education member is speaking out about the findings of a sexual harassment investigation against their suspended school superintendent.
He says he is outraged over reported talks the board is having for a six-figure payout to cut ties.
"It states on page 15 that Dr. Padilla violated Title 9 and Title 7," says Darren Stridiron, a Newburgh Board of Education member.
Stridiron says these are the leaked findings against Superintendent Dr. Roberto Padilla that the district doesn't want people to know.
"Based on that, it's clear he violated those three statutes. Federal and state statutes," he says.
Padilla, who makes $279,000 a year, has been suspended with pay since August when two women allegedly came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
Stridiron says two investigators hired by the board found Padilla guilty by October and that since then, the board has been mulling how to cut ties, including a $750,000 pay out for Padilla to resign.
"As a board member, wouldn't you be concerned that you'd be liable for that money if that money should've never been given out in the first place?" asks Stridiron.
Other board members have not returned News 12's calls about the findings and what's going on.
Stridiron gave News 12 a copy of Padilla's contract, which states it can be terminated if he's found guilty of a crime.
It does not state that a payout is required.
The board was expected to vote on Padilla's resignation in executive session earlier this week, but Stridiron says it was postponed because of the ongoing financial talks.
"Any taxpayer would be outraged at paying a dollar to someone who's found guilty of sexual harassment," he says.
Stridiron says the findings of the report should be turned over to law enforcement and that taxpayers should not be on the hook for a buyout of any kind.
A representative for Newburgh schools told News 12 to contact their attorney for comment.


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