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Seminole HS teacher faced trouble over massages before



It looks like former Seminole High coach and teacher Thomas J. Anderson has been in trouble over massages before.

Just one difference - last time, Anderson was the one accused of doing the massaging.

Back in 1999, a student who served as Anderson's assistant filed a complaint against him for rubbing her shoulders and lower back. Anderson denied the charges and kept his job in exchange for a promise that there would be "no touching of any female in any way that could be interpreted as inappropriate."

Anderson resigned earlier this week rather than face dismissal over accusations that that he took a female student home during school hours. He admitted that he took her to his house, but denied the student's allegation that she gave him a massage in his bedroom.

See tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times for more details.

- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]


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