But investigators believed the school district had more information. Rather than get another search warrant, the District Attorney’s Office filed the records request on Dec. 1, said District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming, who declined to say what her office requested.
“The information we’re seeking is public record,” Keyes Fleming said.
She said she found the school system’s rejection of the request “curious.”
“I guess it may be unusual, in light of the fact that the school system asked us to initiate the investigation,” Keyes Fleming said.
Schools superintendent Crawford Lewis could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
School district spokesman Dale Davis declined to comment on the matter.
Word that the school district has not been helpful in the criminal probe first surfaced on Dec. 22, in a Superior Court hearing for a related civil lawsuit.
“Quite frankly, we would be further along than we are right now if we had had more cooperation from the Board of Education. But we are not getting it,” Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin said. “Matter of fact, we are getting a little bit stalled in that, because we are at a critical phase where the investigation needs to really expand a little bit, but we are being thwarted by the board of education at this point.”
To get the information that she wants, Keyes Fleming said, her office is going to review their “legal options,” but she would not elaborate.