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Ex-priest who got teen pregnant can keep job as middle school teacher

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Ex-priest who got teen pregnant can keep job as middle school teacher

A veteran New Jersey teacher who once had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl and got her pregnant — all while he was a Catholic priest — can keep his middle-school job, an arbitrator ruled.

Former Rev. Joseph DeShan, 59, began teaching in the Cinnaminson school district in 1996 — six years after he impregnated the teen, who worked in his parish rectory in Bridgeport, Conn., the state ruling said.

Cinnaminson school officials didn’t learn of the illicit relationship until 2002, when it surfaced in the press.

DeShan, who had left the priesthood years prior, was suspended for three weeks but eventually returned to the classroom.

Then last year, district officials alleged that DeShan made a 12-year-old student uncomfortable while commenting on her “pretty green eyes,” according to the ruling.

“Look at me,” DeShan allegedly told the girl. “Let me see your pretty green eyes. You don’t see them too much anymore.”

DeShan purportedly made the creepy remark in a “weird voice,” according to the seven-page ruling.

Fire captain accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old claims he mistook her for an adult

A fire captain in Arizona accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl while “extremely intoxicated” claims he mistook the girl’s genitals for the mouth of an adult, according to a new report.

Michael William Palmatier

Michael William Palmatier, 48, allegedly told a colleague at the Gilbert Fire Department that he did things he could not take back during a relative’s 50th birthday party at a home in Queen Creek on April 21, according to court documents obtained by the Arizona Republic.

Palmatier told the co-worker during a recorded call that he took a prescription muscle relaxer earlier that day after hurting his neck during a sex act with his adult girlfriend, the court documents claim.

Palmatier, who resigned after his arrest Wednesday, allegedly recalled going into a bedroom during the party while off-duty and starting to kiss the victim, not fully aware of what he was thinking.

 

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