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Land O'Lakes High plant manager won't fight dismissal over sex harassment charges

LAND O'LAKES — A Land O'Lakes High School plant manager accused of sexually harassing a coworker has decided not to challenge his termination.

David Simpson had been reprimanded for similar conduct on a couple of occasions, according to his personnel file. He was written up in 2009 for making sexual comments and unwelcome advances to several female coworkers at Land O'Lakes High School. And the year before that, he was suspended for 10 days after he was caught on video having sex with a subordinate employee in the Wiregrass Ranch High School cafeteria.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino recommended firing Simpson last fall after the latest allegations of sexual harassment. Simpson hired prominent First Amendment lawyer Luke Lirot to fight the recommendation and asked for a public hearing before the Pasco County School Board.

That hearing was slated for Tuesday, but Simpson changed his mind and has decided not to pursue the appeal.

School Board attorney Dennis Alfonso said Simpson will remain on unpaid leave until his contract expires in the summer. He will not get a new contract, Alfonso said.

Land O'Lakes High plant manager won't fight dismissal over sex harassment charges 02/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 1:30pm]
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