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Macon lawyer wants to question Dallemand in Haiti

A lawyer representing a Macon family in a lawsuit wants to question former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand in Haiti.


A federal judge on Friday issued a subpoena ordering Dallemand to answer questions in the case.

Jarome Gautreaux represents the family of a Macon woman who was allegedly raped in a boys room at Northeast High School in 2011,

Macon police initially charged seven Northeast High School students with rape, then dropped charges several weeks later.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012, says Bibb school officials tried to expel the 16-year-old special-needs student but did not discipline the youths who assaulted her.

Gautreaux says he's been trying for some time to question Dallemand about how the district handled the case. "We've tried every way we know to contact him," he said. "We written, called him, we've just haven't gotten any response."

He explained why Dallemand's insights are important. "Obviously, because he was Superintendent at the time of this attack, we believe he would have a good bit of relevant information about the policies and procedures of the School District at the time of the attack."

So Gautreaux asked the federal judge to issue a subpoena, ordering Dallemand to answer questions.

The federal judge issued the order last week, according to Gautreaux.

The order will be delivered to Dallemand at the Karibe Hotel in Port au Prince. Gautreaux says Bibb school district lawyers and Dallemand's former lawyer said he's been living there.

Gautreaux said he believes the subpoena is enforceable because Dallemand, a native Haitian, remains an American citizen, but be explained there may be a hitch. "I don't believe Haiti is a signatory to the Hague convention, which sometimes governs these situations, so it's a little unclear what steps we may have to take if Dr. Dallemand does not appear at his deposition," he said. "We'll have to cross that bridge when we get there."

Meanwhile, the Georgia Attorney General's office continues to investigate whether Dallemand committed any crime. A school audit this year said he committed the district to millions of dollars in contracts without school board approval. He has been unavailable for comment since then.

School board members say they're not sure about the status of that investigation.

Dallemand was Bibb County's superintendent from January 2011 to February 2013. He left after a series of complaints and lawsuits against him and the district.


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