No Charges to be Filed in MAD Academy Allegations

By edhat staff

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.


 May 29, 2019: MAD Academy Director to be Removed

 May 27, 2019: School District Turns Over MAD Academy Investigation to Police

 May 25, 2019: School District Releases Statement Following MAD Academy Fallout

 May 23, 2019: Victims Retain Top Sex Abuse Law Firm in MAD Academy Scandal

 May 16, 2019: More Claims of Misconduct at MAD Academy

 May 1, 2019: MAD Academy Director to Retire Following Investigation

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  1. 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.

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