Former Detroit Public School (DPS) Board President Otis Mathis III was arraigned on an obscenity charge Tuesday. He was released on a $50,000 bond, but was ordered to surrender his passport and cannot travel outside of Michigan.
DPS Superintendent Teresa Gueyser claims the 55-year-old Mathis fondled himself in front of her during a June 16 meeting. Now Mathis cannot have any contact with Gueyser or any children as ordered by Magistrate Renee McDuffee.
Mathis’ attorney, Odie T. Uddyback III says the judge’s order was too harsh and misleading. He wonders why such harsh restrictions were passed down since the allegations involve no children. “I don’t want that broadcast across the country that this man is messing with children,” Uddyback told the AP. “It’s unfair. He’s already getting ambushed. A political ambush today.”
Mathis wrote a letter to the board that he “made inappropriate actions toward a professional employee” according to the AP before he resigned his position as president. He made an attempt to regain his job, but no longer had the support of his peers.
Mathis faces up to five years in prison for the misconduct in office charge and up to 90 days for the obscene conduct charge. His preliminary hearing is set for July 30.