Alamo exec acused of abuse

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Hotona Secatero, an Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. business office employee, filed a petition for domestic abuse and motion for temporary protection order May 8 in Alamo Family District Court of the Navajo Nation against the school board’s executive director Michael Hawkes.

Secatero alleges Hawkes had been “emotionally abusing” her and then sometime later, according to court records, physically abused her by bruising her wrists when he grabbed her the week of the time she filed the complaint.

Secatero is seeking reparations for a loss of earnings “due to emotional fear of not wanting to go back to work if he is there” and “a hostile work environment,” she stated in a petition for the protection order.

The allegations also include emotional turmoil that caused Secatero to file the protection order because she said she “feared” Hawkes.

No amount compensation or detailed requirements were mentioned in the court documents.

She also is asking the court to require Hawkes to take anger management classes and pay for any medical bills she incurred from the alleged incident, but it was not clear as of Wednesday, June 25 if that will be a stipulation reviewed by the court in hearing procedures.

Both people involved were subsequently put on administrative leave by the board, but Hawkes fielded a call from El Defensor Chieftain Tuesday at the Alamo Navajo School Board offices.

Both Hawkes and Secatero declined to comment on the issue.

Secatero’s lawyer, Russell Sacks, declined to comment when contacted, and Hawkes’ lawyer did not respond to phone calls.

School board president Steve Guerro did not return phone calls by Wednesday afternoon press time.

The next court procedure is set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 27 at the Alamo Family District Court of the Navajo Nation.