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Superintendent urges axing tenure of Knox County teachers accused of sexual contact with student

May 5th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel the Knox County Schools superintendent is recommending the termination of tenure for a Halls High School math teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

The school board will vote on whether to revoke Corey DeHart's tenure tomorrow. Revocation of his tenure would lead to termination of his employment with the school system.

He has been on leave since Sept. 19, 2007. His status was shifted from paid to unpaid leave in December 2007.

DeHart, 44, who had been accused of crimes ranging from statutory rape to sexual battery by an authority figure, had maintained his innocence since the female student, whose age wasn't available, filed a complaint against him in September 2007. He was supposed to stand trial in November 2008 in Criminal Court on charges that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a teenage student but the Knox County District Attorney General's Office dropped the case after DeHart's defense lawyer uncovered proof that punched holes in evidence supporting the teenager's claims.

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