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School board chairman accused of stalking employee followed her to, from home, court docs state

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For two days in April, Alan Darrel Ward, who is chairman of the Boise County Commission as well as the Garden Valley School District board, allegedly stalked a female school district employee, according to a criminal complaint.

Idaho State Police arrested Ward, 61, in Garden Valley on a warrant on July 18 and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of stalking. Ward was booked into the Ada County Jail and released that same day on bond.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Boise County district court, Ward on April 7 “knowingly and maliciously engaged in course of conduct that seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed” the victim in Garden Valley. On that day, Ward allegedly watched the victim from the school district parking lot, and followed her out of the parking lot and to her residence. About two weeks later, on April 23, Ward allegedly appeared across the street from the victim’s house, followed her to the school parking lot, appeared again at her residence, and pulled into her driveway and directed his headlights into her residence before leaving.

An affidavit for Ward’s arrest states that the woman has a discrimination complaint pending with the Idaho Human Rights Commission against Ward and the Garden Valley School District.

Idaho Deputy Attorney General David Morse is prosecuting the case. If a county prosecutor has a conflict of interest in investigating a case, he or she can ask the AG’s office to take over.

“Our office will not have comment, as the Office of the Attorney General’s policy is to refrain from commenting on pending investigations or prosecutions,” spokesman Scott Graf told the Statesman last week.

On Friday, the Statesman filed a public records request with Boise County for a copy of the criminal complaint under which Ward is charged.

“Unfortunately, this case is currently sealed and all filings are unavailable to the public at this time,” responded Boise County Deputy Clerk Olen Leader.

On Monday, Boise County provided the Statesman with a copy of the complaint and unsealed the case.

According to court records, Ward also was served with a no-contact order pertaining to the case on July 18. Under the no-contact order, Ward cannot get within 100 feet of the victim or within 500 feet of her house, office or the school where she works.

Ward has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A trial date has not been set.

The Statesman has reached out to Ward, the Boise County Commission and the Garden Valley School District board for comment.

Boise County Commissioner Ryan Stirm and Garden Valley School District board member Pat Marion said they had no comment.

Ward’s positions with the commission and the school board are both elected positions.

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Idaho Statesman investigative reporter Cynthia Sewell was named Idaho Press Club reporter of the year in 2017 and 2008. A University of Oregon graduate, she joined the Statesman in 2005. Her family has lived in Idaho since the mid-1800s.
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