Brevard Public Schools Teacher Charles Krininger Arrested, Charged With Lewd-and-Lascivious Conduct
By Space Coast Daily // July 6, 2017
put on administrative leave in February 2016
Charges Against Krininger Also Include Attempted Promotion of Sexual Performance By a Child
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Satellite High School teacher Charles E. Krininger III was arrested Thursday and charged with lewd-and-lascivious conduct following a police investigation triggered by Brevard Public Schools in 2016.
The charges against Krininger also include attempted promotion of sexual performance by a child.
According to Brevard Public Schools Assistant Superintendent/PIO Matt Reed, Krininger taught science at Satellite High since 2006, and was immediately removed from the school following a student complaint in February 2016 and put on administrative leave.
Satellite High School’s principal contacted Satellite Beach Police upon learning of the student’s statement. The State Attorney’s Office approved a capias warrant June 29 and Krininger was arrested July 5.
“It sickens me, totally sickens me, to have to report this kind of news,” Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn said.
According to Reed, in addition to contacting police in 2016, Brevard Public Schools immediately launched its own investigation of Krininger and alerted the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Practices Services.
“Krininger has been employed as a teacher in Brevard since 2002,” said Reed in a release.
“He taught at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High in Port St. John from 2002 to 2005 before moving to Satellite High. Personnel records show he was counseled and warned by Satellite’s principal for making inappropriate and offensive comments to students in class in 2013. He earned an “effective” rating on his 2015 performance evaluation, the most recent.”
Under Florida law, school districts may terminate teachers on professional contracts upon conviction of certain crimes. In the meantime, Brevard Public Schools has kept Krininger on paid leave – but away from children – upon advice of counsel.
Blackburn said he hoped the case would not cause BPS’ nearly 9,000 other “amazing and selfless employees to be painted with a broad stroke of doubt.”
“I pray that you keep in mind that our employees are your neighbors, your friends, your family members, or you,” Blackburn said. “They are phenomenal. That said, when the small percentage commits a crime, especially against our babies, the school board and I will move assertively and transparently.”
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