Johnson: Colorado’s law shields public officials accused of sexual misconduct

The Denver Post: An exception to Colorado public records law has largely shielded investigations into sexual misconduct allegations against public officials from scrutiny. That needs to change.

Last August, the state of New York released an independent report into the investigation of whether former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had allegedly sexually harassed state employees. All of it was made public — 165 pages, and not a single redaction.

A month later, here in Colorado, Denver Public School officials released the findings of an independent investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of DPS Board Director Tay Anderson. Instead of making the entire report public, however, they redacted large portions of the investigative findings (at least 17 of the 96 pages were redacted) and a district court in Denver ruled earlier this year that those redactions were lawful.

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