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Teacher snared in sting

A Pinellas County teacher was one of nine men charged last month with exposing themselves in public park restrooms.

Largo police say Robert G. Dreslin IV, 30, an eighth-grade resource teacher at Gus A. Stavros Institute's Finance Park, exposed himself and masturbated in front of an undercover officer at Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW. He faces one misdemeanor charge.

Also charged in the investigation was Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State's Attorney Fred Andrew Taylor, 36. Taylor resigned from the State Attorney's Office on Nov. 15, one day after he was charged.

Police conducted a sting operation on three days in the second week of November at Taylor Park. Sgt. Matt Evans said the Police Department had received several complaints from residents and park employees about men exposing themselves in the restroom.

"This is not about a lifestyle; this is about an inappropriate activity in a public place," Largo Police Chief Lester Aradi told Bay News 9.

He said the playground is near the restroom where police said the lewd acts took place.

"A park is meant for kids, meant for innocent children to have a good time, to enjoy what activities recreation has to offer and not to be exposed to this type of activity," Aradi said.

Dreslin could not be reached for comment.

Pinellas County School District spokeswoman Andrea Zahn said Dreslin has worked with the district since 1999.

At the time of his arrest, he was a resource teacher for personal finance eighth-grade curriculum at the Stavros Institute, a non-classroom position, she said. Finance Park teaches students, usually eighth-graders, about business and personal finance by encouraging them to use like skills such as shopping and budgeting in a make-believe setting.

Dreslin has been reassigned to another position in the county away from students, pending the police and district investigation, Zahn said.

She said Dreslin, who was salutatorian of Largo High School's class of 1995, has received satisfactory marks on recent school district evaluations.

As a student at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Dreslin was president of the university's Japanese Interest Club, a disc jockey for the college radio station, a tutor at a middle school and a resident assistant in his dormitory.

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