Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Last week Channel 3 aired a report in which allegations of bribery were made against the Principal of Batchelder School in Hartford. Principal James Pappas was being accused of offering a payment to the PTO President's business in exchange for the PTO's support of Pappas. Through an FOI request I made to the Board of Education, documents were provided that seemed to outline a pattern of potential criminal conduct. Including larceny, forgery, bribery and fabricating evidence, the statements made by Board of Education employees and obtained through the FOI request seem to paint a troubling picture. After the documents were turned over to Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts on Monday, a criminal investigation was begun by the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division. An Internal Affairs Investigation apparently has also been started into allegations as to the way the original complaint by the PTO President and his wife to HPD officers was handled.