Controversy brews around Seminole County teacher's 2004 child abuse arrest

Teacher reprimanded for hiding 2004 child abuse charges

APOPKA, Fla. - A Seminole County elementary school teacher arrested on child abuse accusations went before a state board on Thursday after she allegedly violated the State Education Practices Commission's orders.

Amy Avery, 62, a teacher at Bear Lake Elementary, had worked out a settlement with the board to keep her job after being arrested in 2004 on child abuse charges and not reporting it, violating the district policy.

Court records report Avery allowed one child to beat another child, while being "present during the entire beating and did nothing to stop it."

Avery had later pleaded to a lesser charge and was sentenced to one year of probation for the criminal charge. instead of suspending her license, the commission agreed to a settlement, including fines and an ethics class, which she didn't complete before the deadline.

"So I'm here to beg your forgiveness for this," Avery told the board on Thursday.

Avery's teaching certificate could have been suspended but instead, she was ordered to pay $100 and was given a letter of reprimand.

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