PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Two Broward County teachers have been permanently banned from teaching in Florida and a third has been suspended for six months after allegations of sexting with a student, drug use and inappropriately touching students.
The state Education Practices Commission voted to revoke the licenses of Jason Dixon and Judith Offret, while Torrance Smith had his license suspended for six months.
Dixon, who was a television production teacher at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, agreed to voluntarily surrender his license in a final order dated March 5.
According to the report, Dixon sent inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature to a 17-year-old student in 2012. The texts made references to "closet time" and "feeling (the girl's) boobs against his body."
Dixon resigned in November 2012 instead of getting fired, the report stated.
Offret, who taught kindergarten students at Hallandale Elementary School in Hallandale Beach, also lost her license after she showed signs of being impaired, including "being incoherent, having slurred speech and lack of balance" in 2013, according to the final order dated Feb. 19.
A drug test showed she had been using cocaine, the report said.
Offret retired instead of complying with "certain conditions" imposed by the Broward County school district, the report said.
Both documents state that Dixon and Offret "do not contest any of the allegations" against them. The documents also state that their licenses are "forever revoked and relinquished."
Smith, who was a second-grade teacher at Larkdale Elementary School in Lauderhill, agreed to accept a six-month suspension of his license, according to the final order dated March 3.
The report said Smith "inappropriately brushed and slapped" two students on the buttocks during the 2010-11 school year. He also hit a student in the arm in February 2011, the report said. Finally, Smith had another employee "clock in his time card" while he was away on personal business in November 2011, the report said.
Although Smith will be allowed to work after serving his six-month suspension, the Broward County school district is under no obligation to rehire him.
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