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Court sides with Pennsylvania teacher fired for sex with 18-year-old on graduation night

September 13, 2017 1:09 PM
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Court sides with Pennsylvania teacher fired for sex with 18-year-old on graduation night

LEBANON, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a decision that would allow a teacher fired for having sex with an 18-year-old on her graduation night to return to teaching.

The Lebanon Daily News reports the court ruled against the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, which fired social studies teacher Luke “Todd” Scipioni in 2014 after learning details of the sexual relationship that occurred a decade earlier.

“The facts of this case remain undisputed. What has been in dispute is the appropriate consequence for Mr. Scipioni’s conduct," Cornwall-Lebanon School District Superintendent Philip Domenic said in an emailed statement to the Lebanon Daily News.

"The Cornwall-Lebanon School District has been firm in its stance that this conduct was not appropriate for a public school teacher. The District will, however, abide by the decision of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania upholding the arbitrator’s award and returning Mr. Scipioni to employment.”

An arbitrator said there was no accusation of a sexual relationship prior to the student’s graduation and Scipioni was not culpable for any relationship that occurred after that.

The arbitrator said Scipioni should be reinstated after a one-year suspension for not being truthful. A lower court reversed the arbitrator but was overruled by an appeals court. The supreme court upheld the appeals court’s decision.

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Source: torontosun.com

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