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March 17, 2013

Culprit in racial slur painted on ESD walls remains a mystery

Former contractor says he was targeted, while ESD officials have their doubts

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Asked about the incident, current district officials questioned Mottley’s presence at the district building that night, stating district policy had been for Mottley to notify Vinson and board members when there was an issue.

However, McLemore and Buddy Martin, who had overseen day-to-day issues with the district until several weeks prior, disputed that claim. Mottley was given his own keycode for just such situations, the two said, and it was not unusual for him to fix an IT issue during evenings or weekends and later inform one of them.

When questioned by Peden on what the policy was, Johnson also told Peden that, according to emails provided by Mottley.

Because of Mottley’s criminal history, district officials also said they were not happy with the previous board that secured Mottley’s services.

He did not notify anyone that night and showed up again the next morning around 8 a.m., leaving without speaking to anyone, according to district officials.

While discussing allegations that Peden was notified of security issues prior to the incident and after being shown an email Mottley claims was sent to Peden in July, Peden said she believed the email may have been fabricated and terminated an interview between the Democrat and district officials.

“Re your request for a follow-up conversation, neither the District nor I have any comment on the fact that we were victims of a burglary at the district’s headquarters last August,” Peden later wrote in an email to the Democrat. “This matter was turned over to the Parker County Sheriff’s office at the time of the incident for further handling. I suspect his office is in a much better position to provide you with information.”

Mottley and Johnson also claim the ESD did not fully pay invoices and did not return company equipment.

Attorneys from both sides were involved before the issue was dropped by the company, according to Johnson.

Peden, Wershay and Vinson did not return phone calls or respond to additional questions by deadline, including ones about issues surrounding the termination of the contract with C3 during the following weeks were not answered.

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