During the 2022 Primary Election, we broke a story revealing that then candidate for Brevard Public School (BPS) Board Gene Trent lied on his employment application with BPS. The application asks if applicants have EVER been arrested, to which Mr. Trent marked no. A simply background check revealed at least 2 arrests in Mr. Trent’s criminal history. After our report, the School District launched an investigation into the allegations. One day after Mr. Trent voted on Brevard County’s new Superintendent, the District finally released the findings of that investigation. Mr. Trent pushed for his former boss, the Principal of Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School to take on the new position, who was ultimately selected yesterday.Letter-to-Trent-re-Closeout
During the campaign on October 19th, 2022, Mr. Trent appeared on conservative talk show radio host Bill Mick Live and addressed the allegations. In the now deleted podcast, Trent stated that he believed the question only applied to arrests that lead to a conviction. However, that is not what he told investigators when questioned about the allegations. When asked, he told investigators that because they were low-level crimes, and the amount of time that had passed, he felt like “he didn’t need to check ‘yes’.”
After publishing our article, it prompted two anonymous complaints to be submitted to the School Board’s Ethics Hotline by citizens who were not identified in the report. The results of the investigation are as follows.