Another complaint was filed with the Huntsville Police Department in the ongoing actions of Huntsville School District administrators and school board members in the district’s handling of Title IX investigations into the boys’ basketball program.

The latest complaint involves longtime school board member Duane Glenn’s actions in attempting to unduly influence a decision maker in the district’s second Title IX investigation. 

In February, a Title IX investigation was opened into alleged sexual assaults by members of the boys’ junior high basketball program. Another Title IX investigation opened in May remains ongoing.

The investigations stem from allegations that boys’ basketball team players sexually assaulted teammates by placing their bare genitals in or on the restrained players faces, foreheads and hair after games. The incidents happened multiple times to several players over the span of two basketball seasons. According to one lawsuit filed against the district, one player was assaulted 14 times in one season.

To determine disciplinary measures in the ongoing Title IX investigation, this summer, the district hired Brian Hogue, an attorney in private practice, to be the decision maker in the case. 

Last week, Hogue, whose decision was to be handed down soon, abruptly stepped down after Glenn sent him a text message seeking to unduly influence his decision. 

The text message read, “I’m reaching out to you as a patron of the Huntsville school district. I hope you had the evidence to make this case clear and no doubts. If the parties involved are not punished to the max the school will have major problems. The superintendent and some members have already received threatening emails. Just letting you know how serious this is. Please delete this. Thank you.” Another text message immediately followed that said, “No need to reply back, we will have to go with your decision whatever it might be.”

According to Huntsville Chief of Police Todd Thomas, a complaint was filed against Glenn last week. Thomas, who is the brother of school board President Danny Thomas, said he was going to follow up with the Madison County Sheriff’s deputy who conducted an investigation into the alleged sexual assaults to see if the complaint would be a part of that investigation. 

“I have a voluntary statement from an individual and I’ve got a meeting with the deputy that is still involved in that, that worked that case,” Thomas said. 

Thomas also said that he would be in touch with City Prosecutor Jessica Fritts.  Thomas said because Danny Thomas is his brother, “I was instructed by the prosecutor that I was to not be involved in this.” 

“It doesn’t really amount to a whole lot from what I read here,” Thomas said, referring to the complaint.  “There really doesn’t look like there’s anything criminal involved in this,” he said. 

“It’s a pretty vague statement. It doesn’t mention anything criminal. I want to go over this with the deputy and the prosecutor but it doesn’t look like it’s anything criminal,” he said. 

Glenn did not respond to a text asking for comments. 

Last week, Glenn texted The Record, stating, in part: “I in no way tried to get the respondents out of trouble. The public wants this over and respondents punished. The text is not a big deal, unless you make it a big deal. Which you will, someone did something to try and speed up process and get closure for the kids. He [Hogue] didn’t want to make decision, decision maker used text as a way out.”

Fritts will also look into whether any district administrator could be charged criminally for not calling the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline immediately, as required by law, and for violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by failing to turn over text messages in compliance with a request filed by a parent in the district.

Even though some administrators were alerted to the allegations on Feb. 9, they failed to notify the hotline immediately. The first official call from the district to the hotline that The Record can confirm was not made until March. The law requires mandated reporters, which includes Superintendent Audra Kimball, Director of Athletics Tom McCollough and Huntsville High School Principal Roxanne Enix, to alert the hotline immediately if they suspect child maltreatment. 

On Feb. 9, Enix was notified of the allegations and stated that when she learned the severity of them that night, she felt physically ill. She called McCollough that night. McCollough called Kimball. 

On Feb. 22, an investigation was started by the school into the allegations.

In text messages dated Feb. 22, Kimball and Danny Thomas acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations. 

It was not until three days later, Feb. 25, that Kimball texted the school district’s attorney, Charles Harwell of Crouch, Harwell, Fryar and Ferner, asking him to call her, stating, “We are dealing with a Title IX situation.” 

On Feb. 26, a Title IX complaint was filed. 

The complaints had been filed with 4th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett’s Office, but after determining that possible criminal violations would be misdemeanors, Durrett’s office turned over the cases to Fritts. 

“Once she’s had time to review what we sent over, she’ll make a determination as to whether or not there’s enough evidence to file a charge or charges,” Durrett said last week.

Fritts said she is continuing to review the possible charges and information she received and will make a determination within a few weeks.