JAY - At least seven more school officials and members of the public have been identified who may have more knowledge about allegations of sexual misconduct involving convicted molester and former bus driver William “Will” Stroud.
Chuck Shipley, the attorney for two girls who are suing the Jay School District and school officials, alleging that officials knew of Stround's improprieties but failed to take action, has petitioned the federal court asking for additional depositions in the case.
On March 31, 2005, Stroud, 31, pled no contest in Delaware County District Court to one count each of rape and lewd molestation. He was sentenced to one to 15 years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, with the balance suspended after successful completion of a sex offender treatment program.
Stroud remains incarcerated at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, ODOC online records indicate.
Mike Seifried, Doug Spillman, Garry Brewster, Clark Ritchie and Will Stroud are named as defendants, along with the Jay School District.
Ten school officials have already given depositions, or are scheduled to, and Shipley has petitioned the court to take testimony from seven more school officials.
Shipley is asking that the schools attorney, John Moyer be called to testify about his role in allegedly compelling David Schachle, school superintendent to falsify information related to the facts of the case by threatening and, later, imposing adverse employment actions against Schachle.
Against his personal wishes, Schachle tendered his resignation at the end of the current school year during a heated school board meeting last summer. At the time Schachle indicated he was being forced to do so, but declined to indicate why.
Schachle had terminated Gary Brewster, a school administrator, and blew the whistle after learning that Brewster had thrown away Stroud's personnel file. Brewster has admitted to throwing away school records because he was leaving and had no more need for them.
Those school employees Shipley claims have personal knowledge and/or complaints about Stroud's inappropriate conduct with students include: Sandy Price, Linda White, Sandy Coaly and Randy Henson.
Two additional members of the public, Jeremy Allen and Tiffany Scraper, are also requested to be deposed, Shipley indicated.
Last year, Jay Public Schools and the Southside Church of Christ settled for undisclosed amounts with two other girls. They claimed church and school officials had called them whores for blowing the whistle on Stroud's sexual improprieties with students.