GOP candidate for head of OPI to plead not guilty to misdemeanor

A Republican candidate to become the next Superintendent of Public Instruction in Montana intends to plead not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice. 

Sharyl Allen


Sharyl Allen, who is also currently the superintendent of the Harrison Public School District southeast of Butte, made her initial appearance in Madison County Justice Court on Tuesday morning.

She’s been charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice for allegedly preventing agents with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations from doing their jobs.

Allen told the judge Tuesday she intends to plead not guilty and that she’s hired a lawyer.

Sharyl Allen in Madison County Justice Court on April 30, 2024.

David Erickson

The judge ordered Allen not to discuss the case with any students. At one point, Allen began to speak about her role in the school and the judge cut her off, reminding Allen that anything she said could be used against her in court.


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