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Phoenix Police: Not Enough Evidence To Charge Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville

Kolby Granville
Kolby Granville.

The Phoenix Police Department has concluded its investigation of Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville and did not find evidence to warrant criminal charges.

A Tempe charter school fired Granville from teaching in December. Former students alleged he made unwanted sexual advances and provided them with alcohol after they graduated, but were underage.

A third woman accused Granville of misconduct in a complaint filed to the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.

The Tempe Police Department asked its Phoenix counterpart to investigate the claims to avoid conflict.

A Phoenix Police department spokesman said none of the three alleged victims would aid in the prosecution. The report concluded there was not enough evidence for criminal charges.

KJZZ has requested a copy of the investigation.

If Granville was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, he would automatically forfeit his seat on the Tempe City Council. Moral turpitude is a legal phrase that means a person violates community standards.

Tempe's code of conductsays to conduct business legally and ethically beyond reproach. Tempe's employee handbook callsunwanted sexual advances unacceptable behavior in the workplace.

The City of Tempe released a statement saying the city's police department, city manager and attorney were briefed on the investigation.

The full investigation will be available to the public Monday.

"Once the report is received, it will be used by Tempe to make determinations about how to proceed with a separate City Council Code of Conduct investigation," the statement read.

Censure, a formal disapproval, is the maximum penalty for a Code of Conduct complaint.

KJZZ has reached out to Granville for comment.

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.