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Salem teacher quits amid allegations

Investigated for alleged relationship with female high school student, 17

August 23, 2013

SALEM — The Salem school board met in special session Friday and accepted the resignation of a now former high school teacher investigated for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-ol......

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Aug-25-13 8:53 AM

I know this to be a fact. Regardless of how this story has been spun and how it ended in such epic failure. This school board can only be grateful for one thing...they caught a huge break...simply because it wasn't a child of mine!

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Aug-24-13 1:37 PM

Just to clarify, I'm not suggesting he has legitimate grounds to fight an employment termination, I'm just saying our screwed up system of civil litigation would provide ample opportunity for him to cost the tax payers a lot of money on attorney fees, and, you never know, there is always some slim chance he would get his job back for some odd reason.

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Aug-24-13 1:37 PM

This guy isn't exactly "walking away". He just lost his pension. With this incident on file, he won't be getting hired in another school district anytime soon.

They can't prosecute him because if he is charged and takes the case to trial, he may actually get acquitted if the girl is not cooperating as a witness...that means he would probably get re-instated.

The school board accepting a resignation rather than firing him is far more resolute. He has no legal grounds to get his job back after he resigns. On the other hand, if he is fired he can fight it in court for a long time.

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Aug-24-13 1:25 PM

Questioner,sure it is. I'm not saying he should or shouldn't have been fired. Thats not up for me to decide because I (and none of you) were in on the investigation. All I'm saying is that the police and school have to follow the proper procedures or some lawyer would have found a loophole and he would still be teaching in Salem. The agreement they came up with was to let him resign, because in actually, it's like a firing--the state will never let him teach in Ohio again.

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Aug-24-13 1:01 PM

That's just disturbing!! It's obvious what's going on here. This creep has this girl wrapped around his finger, maybe even paying her to keep her mouth shut. This has to be frustrating for her dad. Det. Talbert is very good at what he does, you just think something criminal would apply.

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Aug-24-13 11:26 AM

OSU, an honest question: Repeated "willful insubordination" is not an offense someone can be fired for?

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Aug-24-13 11:06 AM

the sad part is this has happened before in our school system.and not that long ago.

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Aug-24-13 10:34 AM

Good ol' buddy system? By law, there are procedures that must be followed. The police and school followed those procedures properly. If they had not, it's possible that instead of "walking" he'd still be up there teaching our kids on a technicality.

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Aug-24-13 9:25 AM

This is just another example of how there are people in the position of authority that have the trust of the kids who cannot be trusted themselves. This individual was even one who preached morals to his students and put himself up on a pedestal, who would have guessed he was such a terrible person on the inside. Im sure his wife and family are just embarrassed, and I feel for them for having to go through what they have because of his selfish act.

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Aug-24-13 8:50 AM

Are u kidding me! As soon as the phrase "biological evidence was present" was said, the school should of fired him. Good ole buddy system is now in our schools. What a black eye.

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Aug-24-13 8:20 AM

Batten's remark about the cooperation between the school and police, is a little far fetched..There are kids bullied in that school everyday that they turn a blind eye to and allow it to continue..this situation was wrong and the teacher walked. The parents should have some responsibility to see him arrested and tried after all she was still a minor!!

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Aug-23-13 7:42 PM

OMG, he walked? Well, it wasn't for the lack of the police doing their job, they had the biological evidence. The juvenile won't turn against him. So my question is this...what about her parents? It can't be this easy for him to walk away from this, can it?

I agree with you questioner...the result is by far...not the same. Let's hope this incident follows him wherever he goes.

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Aug-23-13 6:48 PM

Repeated "willful insubordination" is not an offense someone can be fired for? At the end of next year, if he is hired elsewhere, when Bratten said, "the results the same. He's not here" that would be inaccurate--the results are Not the same.

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