WOMAN CLAIMS CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GROPED HER IN 1970s
A surprise turn of events in front of the Tuscaloosa City School System’s Central Office today, as a woman claims School Board Member the Rev. Clarence Sutton Sr. groped her when she was a student.
Etta Noland Green claimed today at the news conference that Sutton Sr. touched her inappropriately on repeated occasions during her junior and senior years of high school between 1976 and 1977. The new development came just two days after the NAACP demanded Sutton Sr.’s resignation at a school board meeting.
“I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “He used to touch on me, hug on me, kiss on me. … And I was one of his students.”
The Tuscaloosa Chapter of the NAACP is standing behind Green, and Ira Dozier Stallworth, who accused Sutton of sexually harassing her in the late ’90s. Those charges ended in an out-of-court settlement, and Sutton Sr. was never found guilty of a crime. Stallworth said she’s coming forward after all these years in the hope that Sutton Sr. is removed from office.
“He would come in my class,” she said, “And say, ‘You know, Ms. Stallworth, if you only knew, I could do things that would make your eyes roll up in your head’.”
Stallworth went on to say she thought Sutton Sr. should not be around children, and added that she believes there are more victims.
Local NAACP President Jerry Carter said Tuesday he wanted today’s meeting to offer Tuscaloosa residents another side of the story.
“There are two, if not three sides to every story,” he said. “We’ve only heard one side. Rev. Sutton has defended himself with her accusations, but we’ve not heard from the person who is actually the alleged victim.”
Sutton Sr. said he’s shocked over the allegations. He said he does know Green, but never touched her, and is consulting an attorney before he moves forward.