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District moves to fire teacher

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 11:00:14-04

HANOVER, Mich. — A Mid-Michigan school board voted unanimously to start the process of removing a teacher accused of having sex with a student.

The decision comes after a closed-door session that lasted two hours.

Fox 47's Cryss Walker was there when the doors were opened.

Monday night a request to seek dismissal and six tenure charges against Hanover-Horton teacher and coach, Johnnie Stewart were approved.

School board members are keeping the charges confidential after deliberating the details of the allegations behind closed doors.

Angela Sturgill claims Stewart started a sexual relationship with her when she was a student in the late 1990s.

“I feel that he no longer needs to be in this community,” Sturgill said.

“I feel that he is a danger to our students and we would just prefer you know if he was let go. We could re-build the school in the way it needs to be done.”

On June 19th Sturglll submitted her claims to the district stating that Stewart groomed her for sex sparking an internal investigation.

Stewart has 20 days to file an appeal on the charges.

Hanover-Horton School Board President Gary Schuette declined an interview with Fox 47.

He says the district will release a statement soon.

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