A high-ranking school official in a central New Jersey district allegedly failed to report accusations that a teacher sexually assaulted a 4-year-old special needs student, then lied to police about the matter, prosecutors said.
Sandra Brower of Wall Township faces charges of official misconduct, obstruction and hindering apprehension in an indictment handed up Monday by a Monmouth County grand jury.
The 46-year-old Brower was serving as Wall's assistant school superintendent when the incidents allegedly occurred in 2009. She left in 2011 to become superintendent of the Lacey Township district.
According to the indictment, Brower learned of the allegations when a school principal notified her via email. But when police arrived the next day, she allegedly claimed she had just learned of the matter.
Brower's attorney, Edward Bertucio, was unavailable for comment Monday afternoon.