October 21, 2007
Virginia education officials are looking into tightening the state's teacher licensure system to ensure that people who sexually abuse children aren't allowed to return to the classroom, perhaps in another city or county, to repeat their crimes.
The state Department of Education is examining state law and education regulations to enhance the safety of public school students.
The move comes as The Associated Press started a nationwide look into licensure revocations that involved teachers sexually abusing students, including a repeat offender in Virginia named Michael Wayne Allee.
State records show that Bedford County school officials suspended Allee from his high school teaching job in May 2003 after discovering founded sexual abuse complaints involving three girls before he was hired and one child abuse complaint while he was employed.
Before Bedford County suspended his teaching license, Nelson County hired Allee as a special-education teacher for the 2003-04 school year. That county suspended him after he was charged with sexually abusing two middle-school students in the fall of 2003.
Then the state suspended Allee's teaching license.
Allee pleaded guilty in 2004 to sexual battery in the Nelson County cases and served seven months in jail.