2012 'Teacher of the Year' Resigns After Entering Agreement on Charge of Touching a Student
Published April 10th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - The 2012 Alachua County 'Teacher of the Year' is out of a job and will never step foot in a classroom again, following a deferred prosecution agreement over charges he inappropriately touched at least one of his students.
Glen Nichol, 39, was a fifth grade teacher at Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville when he was voted "Teacher of the Year" by his peers just last school year. But this past summer, a sworn complaint was filed against the Nichol, claiming the teacher had inappropriately touched at least one of his students who was under the age of 12.
Despite the complaint, Nichol may not end up facing any charges at all because of a deferred prosecution agreement he entered into with the state attorney. If Nichol successfully completes all the terms outlined in the agreement, any possible criminal charges will not be filed against him.
As part of that agreement, Nichol has to surrender his teaching license and is not allowed to work in a profession that deals with young children.
Immediately after the sworn complaint was filed last summer, Nichol was removed from the classroom and placed in a desk job. But as of Tuesday, his attorney says Nichol is no longer employed by the county, and was required to hand in his resignation.
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