mcpo_shieldFREEHOLD, NJ - A former Wall Township school administrator is named in a three-count indictment handed up by a Monmouth County grand jury Monday charging her with official misconduct and other charges after she attempted to cover-up an alleged sexual assault at a township school, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Sandra D. Brower, 46, of Wall Township, is charged in the three-count indictment with second degree Official Misconduct, third degree Hindering, and fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law for attempting to cover up the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old special-needs student - an allegation that was not sustained following an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Township Police Department.

On May 7, 2009, Brower was notified by a school principal of an alleged sexual assault of a 4-year-old special-needs student after the student disclosed a teacher took him into a bathroom at the District’s special education school and inappropriately touched his private area.

The following morning on May 8, Brower spoke with several school district officials, including the principal, no less than four times by telephone concerning the alleged sexual assault but failed to disclose the alleged criminal activity to local law enforcement.

About 2:30 p.m. that same day, Wall Township police were nonetheless dispatched to investigate the alleged sexual assault after receiving notification from the state Division of Youth and Family Services and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.  Two detectives interviewed Brower about the alleged child sexual assault when she denied any knowledge of the incident and made false and misleading statements to the officers.

On the evening of May 8, Brower directed the school district’s information technology director to extract the e-mails of all district Central Office employees she believed had knowledge of the May 7 e-mail disclosing the details of the alleged child sexual assault.

Within weeks of Brower’s attempts to cover-up the alleged child sexual assault, a number of school district employees with knowledge of her actions were terminated, transferred or forced to resign or retire from their posts.

If convicted of Official Misconduct, Brower faces a mandatory minimum five years to a maximum of ten years in a New Jersey state prison, and a lifetime ban on holding public office. Brower faces up to five years in prison on the Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution charge, and up to 18 months in prison if convicted of Obstructing the Administration of Law. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

This case is being prosecuted by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.  The defendant is represented by Edward C. Bertucio, Esq. of Freehold.