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Accused teacher returns to classroom

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - An Untalan Middle School teacher is back in classroom as the Department of Education was unable to substantiate claims that he made sexually inappropriate comments to students.  At least one parent filed a complaint with the Guam Police Department several months ago against 8th grade teacher Timothy McDow.

DOE Legal Counsel Fred Nishihara says the internal investigation is complete and officials were unable to gather enough information proving that the statements were in fact made.  "Anytime we get allegations of impropriety or conduct unbecoming of a professional, we take these matters seriously. We do an investigation whereby we interview not only other teachers or other adults here at the school, but we also interview students," he said.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, if there isn't evidence to sustain the allegation, either we issue a letter of clearance or we may put them back into the school," Nishihara added.

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