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Hernando schools' chief financial officer resigns amid sex-blog scandal

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January

Embattled Hernando schools chief financial officer Desiree Henegar resigned Thursday night after it was revealed this week she had posted sexually-explicit material to her blog while at work.

Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said he will take the resignation before the School Board at their Jan. 22 meeting for final approval.

For months, Henegar, 47, had been posting sexually-explicit material to a Tumblr account under the pseudonym Floridagirl46. Some posts were sent from board meetings, workshops and during work hours. In addition to pornography, other blog posts heaped scorn on Blavatt and other colleagues.

In her resignation, she noted that it was not “in the best interest of the school district, students and community” to stay in the position, Blavatt said.

“I was very impressed with her response,” he said. “You got to respect her taking that particular approach.”

In the end, he said, the information was too damning.

“There’s no question after looking over the information there,” Blavatt said.

He said he took “no pleasure or joy” out of the decision.

“I think it’s critical to point out she did tender her resignation last night,” he said Friday morning.

Henegar on Wednesday admitted the site was hers when asked by the Tampa Bay Times. She said she would delete it, and the account was promptly removed.

The Times then published a story about the blog in Thursday’s paper.

Earlier this school year, Hernando school officials got an anonymous tip leading to the blog, but were unable to substantiate the tip or link it to Henegar. For more on the anonymous tip, click here.

Check back throughout the day for more on the resignation, including reactions from the district.

[Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 10:06am]

    

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