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Duval County School Board to review investigation procedures in light of teacher arrest

4:47 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The arrest of district teacher charged with six counts of sexual battery involving a child has the Duval County School Board revisiting its investigative processes and procedures.

Christopher Bacca, 26, who was charged last week with the offenses, was also Windy Hill Elementary School's Teacher of the Year this past year.

Next week, the school board is poised to vote on terminating Bacca's employment with the district.

The school board during a workshop on Tuesday discussed a prior incident involving Bacca and a child that was the target of a Department of Children and Families investigation in 2009.

The district gave Bacca a written reprimand and transferred him to another school.

Sonita Young, who is the district's new director of human resources, said all the parties involved in that decision are no longer part of school system.

In explaining what happened in the 2009, Young told the board, "There was a finding (DCF) of an indication of some harm to the child was the finding, but there was no evidence of a sexual relation and there was no criminal charges that were filed."

Board members spent an hour asking questions about current practices and what needs to be changed.

"That comment that there was some harm to the child, that really puts this into different light," said board member Becki Couch.

The district plans to offer changes on how it handles such investigations and present them to the board August 21.

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