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Three Westside High Employees Allegedly Had Sex With Students

Rhema Thompson

Three former Westside High School employees are under investigation for allegedly having sex with students.

According to school board reports, Westside High School Dean Ernest Timmons, part-time football coach Clarence Thomas, and a teacher, Kenneth Anderson were first investigated in April for allegedly having sexual relationships with underage female students.

When a former fellow teacher turned them in, Anderson and Timmons resigned and Thomas was fired.

The School Board says the allegations are substantiated, and all three men were in violation of the state Code of Ethics.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told our partners News4Jax, he’s working to find out who else knew what was going on.

Vitti said, “We are still investigating at the school level regarding whether additional employees knew of the inappropriate relationships and failed to report.”

No one has been criminally charged, but the former staff members are being investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Children and Families.

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