Teacher reprimanded, transferred after sexual harassment complaints

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 06:26 PM.

Sexual harassment accusations against a high school math teacher have been confirmed following a school district investigation.

John Fowler, who initially was accused of making inappropriate comments to female students, has been issued a formal letter of reprimand and reassigned from Baker School to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

 “Based on the totality of testimonies and statements, there is sufficient corroborating evidence that Respondent John Fowler has violated: School Board Equal Opportunity & Treatment (Equity) policy regarding sexual harassment (and) the Code of Ethics and The Principles of Professional Conduct of The Education Profession in Florida,” school district investigator Arden Farley wrote in the final report.

Fowler, who had taught at Baker for 16 years, has denied the allegations.

Read the report from the investigation »

Baker administrators began looking into Fowler after two parents accused him last September of making inappropriate comments to their daughters.

As the inquiry got under way, more allegations were made and the school district was contacted to launch a formal investigation.

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