Officials with the Leon County School Board have confirmed that the Board has hired four attorneys to represent school employees in an investigation into whether school employees violated the state’s mandatory sexual assault reporting laws.
The Leon County School Board would not confirm the identification of the employees the attorneys would be representing.
The investigation stems from incidents of sexual battery that happened off-campus and involved students at Leon and Chiles High Schools. Chiles Principal Joe Burgess reported the incident to the Department of Children and Families.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating whether officials at Leon High School failed to report the incidents to DCF as required by law.
After an information request, the Leon County School Board provided copies of PTSA’s (Professional /Technical Services Agreements) for four lawyers. The four agreements were signed on July 1, 2108 and provide an hourly rate that ranges from $200 to $400 for legal services. The agreement includes a cap of $3,000.
The lawyers hired include Fred Conrad, Tom Findley, Luke Newman, and Richard Smith.