I’m confused. The PDF file from arbitration makes it clear that the teacher was found not guilty of the original misconduct. That there was insufficient evidence to even bring charges in criminal court, and not enough evidence to justify his termination.
The evidence was:
- Girl claimed they’d had relations.
- Girl also recanted.
- Girl claimed she thought she was pregnant.
- Claim was once incident , not the 50 you state.
- The incident was that she went to the teacher’s appartment. INvestigator never apparently questioned the teacher’s roommate, who apparently was there.
- Girl substantiated her claim by identifying a poster in teacher’s apartment (he admitted that she’d shown up there once), and that he had 3 tatoos. Teacher had 5 tatoos, 3 of which were visible if he was wearing a short sleeved shirt.
Reasons to believe teacher in this case: 1. Girl recanted. 2. She did not provide locations of tatoos that teacher had that weren’t visible in casual dress (in fact she seemed to be unaware of them). 3. her claim that she was pregnant was made 2 days after the incident.
Reasons to believe the student - 1. Some times in these cases the student can be ambivalent about the relationship, wanting to get him in trouble, not wanting to etc. 2. It’s not impossible. 3. Certainly it was incredibly stupid for him to let her in the apartment, even if there was a witness, especially since he claimed she was stalking him (he also said that she threatened to get him fired - he filed a police report to that effect.
I don’t think we want to get to the place where merely an allegation (that is recanted then made again) is deemed sufficient proof of criminal activity, nor do I think it’s wise to always fire the teacher etc. or not fire.
But the article you linked bothered me more - they made the claim that the newspapers refused to print a story about a child molestation. Wrong. The newspapers correctly refused to print a story about a rumor going around the school, that was found to have little credible evidence.
This happened to a teacher I know recently. His life’s been destroyed because a student made a claim. The evidence in his case was her word, and a letter he’d written in response to one she’d written (pretty much a ‘have a good summer, see ya next year, love ya Mr. so and so’ - they made much of the ‘love ya’)
Her story changed dramatically from the original investigation (when she claimed there were 2 occurances) to the pre lim exam (where she claimed under oath that there were 3 incidents) to the trial (where she added yet another incident). ONe of the incidents she claimed was totally (IMHO) incredible (that during school hours, they’d had sex in his office, which had two large windows running the entire length of the office, one facing the hallway, the other facing his classroom). and, of course, there was substantial evidence that this young lady had made unlikely sexual claims in the past (my son knew her and the year before this, at age 13, she’d claimed twice to have been pregnant and either had abortions or miscarried - no, it’s not impossible, but it also wasn’t all that likely).
anyhow, if he’s guilty of these latest ones, then he should suffer the consequences, but on the evidence you’ve linked, I don’t see that there was a reason to fire him before.