Brevard County

State Attorney: No criminal wrongdoing after allegations of improper masking of disabled student

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — State Attorney Phil Archer said Monday that investigators found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing after Brevard Public Schools staff members were accused of improperly masking a disabled student.

Archer said that in a review of the Indian Harbor Beach Police investigation into the allegations from parent Jeffery Steel in October 2021.


“I want to commend Chief Butler and his investigative staff for a very thorough and professional investigation,” Archer said in a statement. “After a careful review of the investigative reports, interviews, and evidence provided to our office, we agree with the conclusion reached by the Indian Harbor Beach Police that no criminal acts were committed.”

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Archer called the case, “a textbook example of what rushing to judgment prior to the conclusion of an investigation can produce in today’s hypersensitive, politically charged climate.”

“While concern for the well-being of any child subject to this type of allegation is understandable, the immediate character attacks circulated electronically targeting teachers, administrators, and support staff were not only disturbing, but have been shown to be completely without merit,” Archer said. “As leaders and as a community, we must do better.”

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Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.