Student Files Sexual Harassment Complaint Against GDOE Superintendent
Guam - Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez is facing allegations of sexual harassment from a student of JP Torres Alternative School. But Fernandez says the claims have no merit and he’s filed his own complaint with authorities for extortion.
The alleged sexual harassment happened sometime in January this year. The student, who turned 18 at the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year, met with PNC to provide her statement but did not want her identity revealed. The student says she and Superintendent Jon Fernandez have been communicating through text message and whatsapp since the start of the school year.
At one point, the student says she had asked Fernandez via whatsapp if he had an extra phone she could purchase from him. The student claims Fernandez responded by saying that he had an extra cell phone he could give to her for free. She says Fernandez then told her he would give it to her “but you have to be a good girl.” The student also says that the message was accompanied by a blushing emoji, which she says in her complaint means that the person wants something but is too ashamed to ask for it.
In written statements to the police and the Guam Education Board, which PNC obtained, the student says she interpreted Fernandez’s message to mean that he would only give the cell phone to her if she had sex with him.