D.A. to Seek Criminal Show Cause Hearing in Mashpee School Superintendent Incident

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Mashpee Superintedent of Schools Brian Hyde

Mashpee Superintedent of Schools Brian Hyde

MASHPEE – Mashpee School Superintendent Brian Hyde may face criminal charges for entering a student’s home to check on her residency status.

The Cape and Islands district attorney’s office announced Monday that an application for a show cause hearing will be filed with a clerk magistrate on the charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor and trespass.

The mother of a student alleges that Hyde trespassed into their home during his investigation.

The Mashpee School Committee has already voted unanimously to conduct their own investigation at the recommendation of Mashpee Town Manager Rodney Collins.

“Because this will be set up for an independent review by a magistrate, no further information will be available until after the magistrate’s hearing has been concluded,” said Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline in a statement issued Monday afternoon.

Hyde previously issued a statement that the incident on September 29 was a routine residency check to determine whether a student, who had moved out of the district and then returned, was a resident of the town.

But the student’s mother, who had recently purchased a house on Windsor Way in Mashpee, said Hyde arrived at the home unannounced and entered uninvited to search her daughter’s room.

There is no dispute that Hyde arrived at the home with a school resource officer. According to his statement, he was invited into the home, and the entire incident took about five minutes.

“Because the district attorney’s office is ultimately responsible for the prosecution of this case, it is common practice, as we have done in numerous situations, to consult with them regarding the facts and circumstances of the investigation,” said Carline.

Collins said the police investigation is looking only into whether any laws were broken, but, he said, it is up to the school committee to determine whether its top employee violated any policies or acted inappropriately.

“They are going to be focusing only on the criminal element, whether or not there was an entry into a home and whether or not a person entered or remained without authority to do so,” Collins said at a previous school committee meeting.

 By LAURA RECKFORD and MATT PITTA, CapeCod.com NewsCenter


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