So a few years ago, my wife and I wrote about the struggle Kimber Begano was going through after coming forward with her claims of being sexually assaulted by the football coach at Trinidad High School and the school district’s response. These articles are still among our most read, and have given this blog the coveted first search result for “Randy Begano” and “George Dasko” on Google.
In civilized societies whenever you see accusations like that in the news, the teacher is dismissed — the accusation alone is enough to warrant an investigation; but Trinidad has its Good Old Boy Network in full swing, and — well, it falls to people whose consciences are not seared and broken (or missing altogether) to do something about it.
So after an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights, Kimber’s claims have been validated.
The court acknowledged that Kimberly Begano’s testimony regarding the sexual relationship was credible…
In January 2014, Trinidad police forwarded its investigative report to the district attorney, who determined that Kimberly Begano’s complaint against the head football coach was time-barred and no charges would be filed.
The head football coach was then taken off administrative leave and later resumed his coaching duties.
Kimberly Begano also brought her case to the school board in May 2014, requesting that it direct the district to conduct an investigation into her claims.
One school board member told OCR that he attempted to discuss the issue “but two senior board members didn’t want to hear it.”
“I was very disturbed by the fact the administration and board chose to protect coaches and their friends rather than the children.”
What’s interesting is the response from the school district’s official, Bill Cordova. Among all the fluff was this gem: “the investigation found insufficient evidence that the District retaliated against the complainant.”
You know, because that’s the important thing.
Which leads me to believe that while the students of Trinidad schools ride to school in something like this:
Most of the school board, the police chief and district officials ride to work in something like this: