No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

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Criminal charges of sexual misconduct will not be pursued by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office in the Multimedia Arts and Design Academy (MAD Academy) scandal, reports Newsmakers.

District Attorney Joyce Dudley confirmed there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a former employee of the Santa Barbara High School-based program had the intention of committing a sex crime with students or there was reasonable suspicion of abuse requiring the director and school officials to legally report them, according to Newsmakers.

In May, the public learned that MAD Academy Director Dan Williams was under investigation by the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) for matters that were "not criminal." The District then announced Williams will finish the remainder of the school year until June 30 and will retire. 

Current and former MAD Academy parents then came forward with allegations of misconduct and a video of Williams appearing to party with underage students. Former MAD Academy Operations Director Pablo Sweeney was accused of inappropriate communication with a former underage student. Sweeney was quietly terminated from his position. Parents stated Williams and the SBUSD officials failed to report the allegations to local law enforcement under California's "Mandated Reporter" law.

Following these allegations, the SBUSD Board voted to immediately remove Williams ahead of the June 30th date.

It's unclear if any additional lawsuits are being pursued by current or former students.

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citizenSB Nov 18, 2019 12:51 PM
No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

My son went to the MAD academy. It was before Pablo Sweeney was there so we have no comments about him. I recently talked to my son about Dan. Did Dan allow liquor at school or school events? No. My son never saw Dan do that. Did Dan ever inappropriately touch students. No. My son never saw Dan do that. Did Dan drink in front of students, No. My son never saw Dan do that. Did Dan try stop students from drinking or smoking dope off campus during non-school events when he was present? No. Should Dan have? Maybe. Was he legally required to try to stop them or report them? I do not think so. My son enjoyed the MAD academy and thought highly of Dan. It was a significant plus for his high school experience.

Roger Nov 15, 2019 02:56 PM
No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

That kind of behavior between juveniles is one thing and I don't want to know about it I was young once. It is when it involves so called adults it is wrong and against our so called laws. If it was my kid I never would have called the police I would have taken care of it myself.

a-1575870906 Nov 15, 2019 02:27 PM
No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

Discount this if you like and have at it with downvotes, but I have a hard time getting worked up over this type of "sexual misconduct" and adults partying with kids when now the kids, at a much younger age than 14-16, are having sex parties themselves. Don't believe me? Ask some of the kids. It's thanks to the barrage of sex, sex, sex in movies, TV and online content. Add to that a decided lack of parental supervision and it's kids having sex when they're still in 7th grade. Some of them could probably show the adults a thing or two.

PitMix Nov 15, 2019 01:53 PM
No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

So does that mean the terminated employee can sue the former employer to get his position back, since he hasn't done anything criminal? I guess that is one possibility arising out of the failure of the DA to pursue this case.

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