Former Cop With Tainted Past Hired By School Board
He resigned from the Gainesville Police Department during an internal investigation into his behavior, and was then hired by the Alachua County School Board, but school officials say they never knew about the investigation involving former officer Robert King.
King worked at the Reichert House where he mentored at-risk teenagers for several years, but resigned back in February after his supervisors questioned him about repeatedly using a company gas card to fill up his personal car.
King then applied for a similar job at the Alachua County Public School system's Horizon Center and was hired.
A school system spokesperson says King's background check came back clean, and that one reason he was hired was because of a good recommendation they received from King's former supervisor at the Reichert House.
Because the State Attorney's Office has yet to decide if any criminal charges will be filed against King, he is still eligible to work at the Horizon Center next school year.
"How that would have impacted his career with the Alachua County Public Schools, we don't know until he receive some kind of formal notification which we have not yet received," said Alachua Co. Public Schools Spokesperson Jackie Johnson.
Although the State Attorney's Office criminal investigation is still ongoing, the internal investigation by the Gainesville Police Department confirmed the allegations against King.
By David Hamilton/WCJB TV 20 News
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