CASA GRANDE — Two Pinal County educators have voluntarily surrendered their licenses after being accused of inappropriate conduct with students.
According to the State Board of Education, the Casa Grande Union High School District notified the state board in early December that Charles Chapman, a high school substitute teacher, had been following and engaging students on social media and inappropriately tagging them to sexual and drug-related content.
CGUSD Superintendent Steve Bebee stated in an email that when the district learned of Chapman’s actions he was removed from the school while additional information was gathered. Shortly after he was removed, the district reported the matter to Casa Grande Police and the Arizona Department of Education and Chapman’s employment was terminated, Bebee said. He declined to comment further, citing personnel reasons.
Casa Grande Police Public Information Officer Thomas Anderson said the department did not have Chapman in its database, which could mean that the incident did not rise to the level of filing criminal charges against Chapman.
Bebee, who is working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, said he believes that may be the case in this instance.
The state board notified Chapman he was under investigation on Dec. 30. He voluntarily surrendered his license on Jan. 17. The board accepted the surrender of his license on Monday.
The board information does not give Chapman’s age or hometown or any information on how many students or what kinds of content allegedly were involved. Investigations involving minor children are confidential under state law, ADE Communications Director Richie Taylor stated in an email.
The board also accepted a teaching certificate surrender from Tomas Melero, a teacher and coach at San Tan Foothills High School, in the Florence Unified School District.
On Feb. 13, FUSD reported to the Department of Education that Melero had engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct by giving his personal phone number to students, offering female students rides home and touching female students inappropriately by massaging their shoulders, according to background information provided to the board.
Melero was notified of the investigation on Feb. 18 and he voluntarily surrendered his teaching certificate on Feb. 27.