Sandra Brower will not resign from her current position as Superintendent of Lacey Township Schools, attorney Edward Bertucio said.
Brower, who allegedly hid a possible sex-abuse case during her time as Assistant Superintendent of Wall Schools, was indicted last Monday. She pleaded not guilty to the three charges brought against her — second-degree official misconduct, third-degree hindering apprehension and fourth-degree obstruction.
The Lacey Board of Education suspended Brower without pay pending the outcome of her trial. She will continue to recieve medical benefits during her suspension.
Residents called on Brower to resign at the board's special meeting Friday stating that Lacey would like to "move on” and that the superintendent has “lost all respect.”
When asked if Brower would consider resigning, Bertucio said, “No. She’s innocent.”
“The allegations against her are false and ridiculous,” said Bertucio of Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, P.C.
Bertucio is seeking the earliest trial date, and Brower is scheduled to appear in court again at 1:30 p.m. June 10.
Lacey Board of Education Attorney Arthur Stein got an indication of a timeline but there’s really no way of knowing how long a case can last, he previously said. It’s possible, although not likely, the case will not be settled before her contract expires on July 1, 2016. Brower would remain suspended during that time.
Bertucio did not comment on the board's decision that was made regarding Brower’s position on Friday, as he represents her criminal matter and not board related issues, he said.
“I am not in the position to comment further,” he said.
A phone call to Brower early Monday went unanswered.
“She will not be speaking to the press during the pendency of this matter. She will reconsider after the trial,” Bertucio said.