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Third St. Louis educator arrested for sexual misconduct this year

by Maggie Crane

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

(KMOV) -- Another St. Louis Public School educator is jailed on allegations of sexual misconduct with a student.

This is the third case in the district since the beginning of the year.  Police say in the latest case a substitute teacher is accused of exposing himself to a student.

According to court documents, Clarence Cannon, 48, exposed himself to a 14-year-old student, asked her to touch herself and then tried to pay her for her silence!  It allegedly happened inside Lyon at Blow Middle School in South St. Louis during school hours.  Cannon has worked as a substitute teacher for the district since September 2010.  A spokesman tells me that the school will alert parents on Friday since classes had been dismissed before charges were made public Thursday.

During the first week of the year, Sigel Elementary School Teacher's Aide John Cuneo was charged with child molestation.  And just last week, now-retired music teacher, Allen Merry, was charged with raping a high school student in a classroom at Central Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

"If they can't trust their teachers, who can they when they're in school?" Angela Grieshammer, a parent with two kids in the St. Louis Public School District, said.  "You know, why would you want to send your child - frightened - you know, that's a scary thing. They're supposed to protect your children."

Despite this being the third case of alleged sexual misconduct by a SLPS employee, the district could not make anyone available to answer my questions on camera.  A spokesman sent me the following statement:

The District has been informed that a Lyon at Blow School substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with sexual misconduct.

The safety and security of students is first and foremost for the St. Louis Public School District.  Upon learning of allegations of misconduct by a District employee, the District in keeping with policy immediately places the individual on a leave of absence and reports the matter to local law enforcement and the Missouri Division of Family Services for further investigation.  The District will respond to this personnel matter in accordance with District policy and State law to ensure the protection of our students.

News 4 will follow up with the district for comment on Friday.