Appeals court upholds Bethel Park teacher firing
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A state appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a veteran Bethel Park School District teacher accused of inappropriately touching 12-year-old girls.
Commonwealth Court on Monday ruled against the Bethel Park teachers' union and for the district in the long-running case of math teacher Michael Lehotsky, 51.
Several seventh-grade girls had complained that Mr. Lehotsky, a teacher in the district since the early 1990s, had rubbed their shoulders and touched their legs and hands while assisting them in his classes in 2008-09.
Diann Smith, president of the teachers' union, said she hadn't seen the ruling and wouldn't be able to comment until she talked to union lawyer Stephen Jordan.
First Published August 1, 2012 12:00 am