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School Board tackles teacher sex cases

TAMPA — Sex, teachers and videotape: Coming soon to a Hillsborough School Board meeting.

A preview played out Tuesday at the end of a two-hour workshop on district goals. No fewer than three television cameras and two print reporters waited out the PowerPoint presentations for the five minutes at the end.

That's when discussion turned to what Board member Candy Olson summed up as "sexy teachers, or teachers and sex."

Hillsborough has no shortage of either, it seems. Four Hillsborough educators have been arrested in the past five months — three of them women — on accusations of inappropriate sexual contact with students.

"This is not an ethics test," Olson said. "This is an intelligence test."

Or, in the words of Board member April Griffin, an epidemic. She asked for the discussion after a recent one-two punch involving teachers at Freedom High and Davidsen Middle, arrested within a week of each other in separate incidents involving sex with teenage boys.

Board members plan to discuss the issue further at a special meeting April 15. Scheduled guests include Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober and Public Defender Julianne Holt.

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In other cases

• Thomas J. Anderson, a girls varsity basketball coach at Seminole High School, resigned Tuesday amid charges that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a

16-year-old female student.

• Authorities say Lisa Marinelli, a substitute teacher at Mitchell High School, developed a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy who she had chosen as a potential suitor for her teenage daughter. Her friends and family say the authorities are wrong.

School Board tackles teacher sex cases 03/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:47am]
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