ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It cost him his job as an athletic director and now he’s been charged for it. This time of year, Tom Knauber would normally be preparing for the fall sports season at Sandia High School. Instead, he’s preparing for trial by hiring high profile attorney Jason Bowles.
APS police believe Knauber planted the tools of a drug dealer in basketball Coach Alvin Broussard’s office during spring break.
They have now charged him with the misdemeanor malicious criminal prosecution, attempting to cause a criminal charge against an innocent person, knowing the person is innocent.
Broussard’s attorney said the APS police officer made the right decision to file criminal charges, but didn’t want to comment on Knauber beyond that.
Knauber and Bowles didn’t want to talk Monday night.
Parents and students had mixed reactions to the news that the one-time fixture of Sandia sports is now a criminal defendant.
“If the allegations are true, it’s kind of disturbing and kind of sad,” said parent Ernest Gurule. “It sets a poor example for the kids.”
Right after spring break, Knauber claimed he received an anonymous voicemail that said Coach Broussard had drug paraphernalia in his office. According to investigators, Knauber then led APS police right to it. That fueled suspicions – so they began investigating Knauber.
When they asked Knauber to play the voicemail, he claims he deleted it.
Then APS Police checked the security camera video from spring break. It showed Knauber on campus, walking down the hall to coach Alvin Broussard’s office, carrying what appears to be a bag. When he leaves two minutes later, there’s no sign of the bag.
When the allegations first surfaced, APS said they’d move him to another school. Since then, he’s resigned from the district altogether. He was later hired as Dean of Students at SAMS Academy.
Shortly after, SAMS Academy said Knauber would no longer be Dean of Students, but didn’t say why.
The criminal complaint spells out a possible motive. Police think Knauber wanted to oust Broussard so he could hire his son, Ted, to coach Sandia.
Ted Knauber was a basketball star at Sandia a decade ago before going on to play at New Mexico State.