A Broward County teacher, who has had previous accusations of sexual misconduct, was removed from the classroom after another allegation surfaced of him molesting a student, police said.
Wyman Gresham, 48, is reportedly working at the Broward County school board’s textbook warehouse, away from children, while police investigate the recent allegation, WPLG reports.
Gresham, who is a teacher at Lauderhill Stem-Med Magnet School for grades 6-12, was accused of lewd and lascivious molestation on Dec. 4, according to investigators.
According to state records, this is not the first time Gresham faced sexual misconduct accusations at a Broward County public school, WPLG reports.
In 1998, Gresham worked as a “non-instructional” employee for the district where he allegedly offered a 13-year-old student money to perform sexual acts, according to WPLG.
In 2002 when he was employed as a teacher at Dillard High School, Gresham allegedly touched a female student inappropriately and made sexual gestures. He was suspended for five days without pay in that incident, but was allowed to continue teaching, WPLG reports.
The Florida commissioner of education filed an administrative complaint against Gresham in 2006 for those two cases, and he was found guilty of “gross immorality,” WPLG reports.
But Gresham was allowed to keep his teaching certificate.
When the case was settled in 2009, Gresham was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, be put on three years of employment probation and get a psychological evaluation--all while he remained teaching for the district, according to WPLG.
The superintendent of Broward County schools, Robert Runcie, said to WPLG that he did not know about Gresham’s previous allegations but said the board is investigating him.
"This was before my time. I am telling you this board will not compromise the safety of our students, our employees and the integrity of what we do in our community,” Runcie said to WPLG.
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