The following incidents of Criminal Sexual Misconduct have been adjudicated by the legal system but NEVER publicly addressed by the Okaloosa School Board. They have refused to publicly condemn Sexual Violence against students or employees. They have refused to publicly state that concern for victims of these crimes is of paramount importance. Their lack of public comment and action is a statement itself that consideration for victims is NOT a priority.
1. Lewd Behavior/Sexting with Student (2019): In 2019, an Okaloosa County Middle School teacher was arrested and charged with Felony soliciting/engaging in lewd behavior with a 13-year old student and failing to report known or suspected child abuse.
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The teacher was convicted and sentenced to 3 years probation.
2. Sexual Assault/Rape of Student (2021): In January 18, 2022, an Okaloosa County Middle School teacher was convicted and sentenced to 15 years’ incarceration for repeated sexual assault of a student. THE CRIME: The teacher engaged in a TWO YEAR sexual relationship with the student starting in 2018 when the student was 15 years old.
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The following incident of Criminal Sexual Misconduct has not yet been adjudicated by the legal system. The perpetrator has been charged, but the Okaloosa School Board again refused to publicly condemn Sexual Violence against students and employees.
3. Sexual Molestation of Multiple Students (2021): On December 16, 2021, a local teen was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious molestation after allegedly groping multiple girls on the breast and buttock without consent.
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(We understand that the School Board should not publicly comment on the specifics of an active investigation before the case is adjudicated. However, there is nothing stopping the Board Members from publicly assuring parents and students that they take matters of sexual violence seriously, will thoroughly investigate allegations, and are committed to ensuring student and employee safety in our School District. Instead, they remain silent – do they want these incidents to receive little public attention?)
The following incident of Sexual Misconduct was brought to the Okaloosa School Board in an emotionally charged appearance by a student’s mother. There was no criminal investigation, and no Board Member even replied to her plea.
4. Sexual Harassment of Student (2021): On March 22, 2021, a local mother appeared before the School Board pleading for their help. Her daughter had been sexually harassed at school, but the School Board Members showed no sympathy, did not acknowledge her problem, and took no action.
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