A Denver Public Schools board member, who won the Colorado Democratic Party’s 2020 Rising Star Award, now says he is temporarily stepping down from day-to-day duties after allegations of sexually abusing more than 60 undocumented students.

Tay Anderson, 22, made the announcement after allegations surfaced during a recent Colorado House Justice Committee hearing about a bill that would make it easier for victims to sue places that employ child sexual molesters, the Denver Post reported.

“These baseless false accusations have caused great trauma to our entire district, and our students deserve better,” said Anderson, who vows he has “not sexually assaulted anyone,” in a statement.

Tay Anderson says he is “stepping down from day-to-day board functions pending the completion of the independent investigation.”
(Denver Public Schools / Education Authority)

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“These false claims put my family and me at risk and now, as a father and son, it is my first duty to protect those I love, so I will be stepping down from day-to-day board functions pending the completion of the independent investigation,” he added.

During the hearing, Mary-Katherine Brooks Fleming, a parent of three students in the district, testified that there is “a sexual predator that targets DPS children,” according to The Denver Post.

Fleming claimed there were 62 victims – all but one of whom were illegal immigrants – and said Anderson was “in a position of trust,” reports the Washington Times.

“Individuals came to my home asking for medical help. One was only 14 years old and had to be sewn. All in all, 61 high school students and one new graduate came to me for help, ”she reportedly said.

Fleming added that the children “list offenses ranging from unwanted touch, which is a third-degree crime in the state, to violent rape,” according to the Washington Times.

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The Denver Public Schools board of directors said in a statement to Chalkbeat Colorado that it “was made aware of the testimony at the Colorado Capitol this week and was later informed that the allegations were against Director Tay Anderson.”

Separately, the Denver Public Schools said Anderson’s colleagues “approve of his decision to step down from routine board functions and events pending the completion of the board-approved investigation on April 6th.”

The district has already hired an outside firm to investigate Anderson after a Black Lives Matter group said a woman came to them in March to report he sexually assaulted her, according to Chalkbeat Colorado.

Anderson, who the Washington Times says led the George Floyd protests in Denver last year, has also denied the allegation.

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Regarding the more recent allegations, Anderson’s attorney Christopher Decker said Monday that “to date, not a single allegation against Director Anderson has given a time, place, person, or detail to which he can act,” reports 9News. “When that happens, he will respond with details and corroborative evidence.”

A Denver police spokesman also told the station that they have not yet heard from victims who are being encouraged to contact the department.