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  • Steve Reilly , USA TODAY

Teachers who sexually abuse students still find classroom jobs

School officials in East Texas didn’t want Kip McFarlin around their students.For years, he had crossed the line in conversations with teenage girls, using sexually suggestive language and even telling one student he’d date her if he were younger.By 2005, administrators at Orangefield Independent School District, about a two-hour drive from Houston, had investigated complaints by six different students.When it came time to deal with the Orangefield High School football coach, administrators didn’t fire McFarlin or report him to police. They didn’t even notify Texas education officials who had the power to take away his teaching license.Instead, they let him become someone else’s problem.They hid his behavior from state regulators, parents and coaches.

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