Brocato Asks OBPD to Investigate Lee

Brocato Asks OBPD to Investigate Lee

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Former Orange Beach Elementary School principal Lori Brocato left this interview and went straight to the Orange Beach Police Department where she filed a complaint to pursue possible criminal charges against her former boss, school superintendent Alan Lee. Most of the report has been redacted but police say an investigator has been assigned to the case.

Brocato says the same allegations she made in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint are being used in pursuit of harassment charges. "I was put on administrative leave in December for allegations of bad leadership, poor leadership, incompetence when in fact, I had refuted Dr. Lee's sexual advances for over a year. He had intimidated me, he had bullied me, he had threatened my job and I kept quiet."

Lee was cleared of those allegations in an independent investigation by the Jericho Group of Spanish Fort. It is a firm made up of three, retired Secret Service agents, a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a 30 year veteran of the the Mobile Police Department. "The allegations made during her termination hearing and her EEOC complaint were all vetted by the investigatory agency and found to be not one iota of any substance to it," says school system spokesman Terry Wilhite.

We asked for a copy of that final report but were denied.

When asked for comment Dr. Lee released this written statement to News Five:

"Due to the pendency of the current legal proceedings, I will refrain from extensive comment at this point. Suffice it to say for now, however, that Ms. Brocato's allegations are false, malicious, and defamatory, and I expect that the justice system will hold her accountable at the appropriate time. Meanwhile, my focus remains on educating the students of this great County."

Brocato says she wants justice and accountability too. She says she has nothing to gain by coming forward and insists she is telling the truth.

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