Three school board members lose election after sex tape

Thursday, April 19, 2007

LYNWOOD, Ill. -- Three incumbent school board members in suburban Chicago lost their seats in the wake of a graphic sex video allegedly involving the district's elementary school principal, a teacher and an aide.

Incumbents June McCain, Angela Smith and Aurazela Majors were ousted in Tuesday's election, while newcomers Kevin Pisano, Donald Witvoet, Joseph Romero and John Hojnicki led in unofficial final results.

Doranita Malcom-Tyler ran with the three incumbents and lost. She said it was "obvious" the video was circulated to affect the elections.

Copies of a 2 1/2-hour DVD anonymously showed up in some parents' mailboxes days before the election.

A copy viewed by The Associated Press shows a woman and a man inside an office hugging, kissing and engaged in different sex acts. A separate part of the tape, apparently from a different time, shows another woman hugging and touching the same man.

Authorities are trying to determine who made the video and are investigating whether a crime was committed.

Pisano said he didn't think the tape made a difference in the election.

"The community has been upset with the previous board members for some time," Pisano said. "The voters voiced their opinion."

Leroy Coleman, the principal of Sandridge Elementary School who is in the video, resigned last week citing health reasons. He apologized for the tape earlier this week and asked the public not to discount his career as an educator. He started at Sandridge in 2005.

His attorney has said Coleman was considering legal action against the person who planted the camera.

A teacher and an aide who allegedly appeared in the video also resigned last week.

Authorities believe the tape was made by a recording device attached to a heating vent in the principal's office.

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