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Baker County High School Teacher Leaves Amid Reports Of Inappropriate Relationship With Student


A Baker County High School teacher has resigned following following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Baker County Schools Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson said the district accepted the male teacher's resignation earlier this week after the accusations against him surfaced.

Raulerson declined to give the identity of the teacher or any further details about the allegations but said the student was not in the teacher's class.

"The investigation is ongoing and school district will be referring the case to Professional Practices with the Department of Education," she said. "It has also been turned over to the Baker County Sheriff's Department."

The teacher will no longer be able to work in the Baker County School District, Raulerson said.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office said they received word of the possible misconduct from district personnel on Tuesday.

In  a press release sent out Thursday morning, the Sheriff's Office said investigators are currently conducting interviews with possible witnesses on the matter.

“At the present time, it has not been concluded that a crime has been committed,” the Sheriff’s Office stated  in a press release.

Once the investigation is complete, the Sheriff’s Office said evidence will be handed over to the State Attorney’s Office to determine if a charges will be sought.

Raulerson said at that point, the investigation will also be turned over to the Florida Department of Education to determine if the teacher's license will be suspended or revoked.

She said the district has also referred the case to the Department of Children and Families, as is standard practice in such cases.

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Rhema Thompson began her post at WJCT on a very cold day in January 2014 and left WJCT to join the team at The Florida Times Union in December 2014.