Last September I blogged about the distressing news that prominent education author Douglas Reeves, whose work figures prominently in my own teaching and philosophy of school leadership, has been accused of inappropriately touching a child at his home in 2006.
Reeves was charged and released under several conditions regarding his contact with children. He has denied the allegations.
I've continued to follow the story through the Swampscott Patch, the newspaper in the Boston suburb of Swampscott, Massachusetts where Reeves used to live, and where the alleged incident took place. The case has been in limbo for several months while attorneys prepare for a special hearing that will determine if Reeves' prior criminal history will be admissible in this case.
Specifically, the Patch reports that Doug Reeves served five months in prison in 1993 for securities fraud. It's unclear from the report or records I've reviewed from the internet which of Reeves' business interests were involved in the incidents of fraud, but this Securities and Exchange Commission document suggests a pattern of misappropriating client funds and misleading clients about how their investment money was being used (see page 194 of the 256 page pdf file).
Reeves' next court appearance is scheduled for February 8.
I'll continue to monitor and update readers on this case, which is of great interest to educators who, like me, admire Reeves' work.
I remain very uncertain about the bearing of this information (and alleged information) on my use of Reeves' books, articles, and ideas in my own teaching and writing. Clearly the legal process must bear out his guilt or innocence regarding the sex abuse case. To what extent does his record of fraud in his business dealings influence the usefulness and integrity of his work on education reform, which resonates so powerfully with practicing educators? These are questions I continue to ponder.
UPDATE, 3/7/2013: Reeves' March 4 court date was postponed; no word yet on a new date.
UPDATE, 6/19/2013: Reeves' case has been postponed numerous times now. According to the Swampscott Patch, he appeared in court on June 2 but the case was again deferred, with a new date set for June 28. I'll continue to monitor and post new information as anything significant becomes available.
UPDATE, 7/16/2013: The June 28 hearing was postponed until tomorrow, 7/17/2013. Story here.
UPDATE, 9/10/2013: Another hearing is set for October 15; unclear at this point what, if anything, took place at the 7/17 hearing.
UPDATE, 10/16/2013: A source close to the case tells me a trial date has been set for January 2014. Will share more details as soon as they are available.
UPDATE, 1/16/2014: A source who has spoken to officials with Lynn District Court say the trial has been postponed to begin March 27th.
UPDATE, 3/1/2014: A source close to the case tells me that, after multiple delays, the trial is scheduled to begin April 1. For all future updates check here.
UPDATE, 4/3/2014: A jury found Reeves not guilty today. More here.
UPDATE, 4/16/2014: Read about my interview with Reeves, in which he reflects on the trial and his future, here.