State decision pending in Canfield teacher’s saga

The trial for Canfield Middle School teacher Douglas Dawson began on Tuesday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Literally hours after a jury found he had violated a civil protection order Canfield Village Middle School teacher Doug Dawson found himself back off the job again….

“Immediately, Ohio Department of Education, they were notified. It’s now in their hands,” Canfield Schools Superintendent Alex Geordan said.

Dawson was initially arrested last Thanksgiving Day following what police say was a domestic dispute with his wife. Six weeks later he was charged a second time following an incident over the New Year’s holiday.

Although Dawson was placed on leave following that first incident, Geordan said that state officials suggested Dawson be allowed back to work when classes started last month. He was placed on special assignment in the district’s middle school library, away from children.

“Their response was, he’s employable,” Geordan said. “In no way has anything taken place to remove certificate.”

But all that changed abruptly just before midnight Tuesday. After a day-long jury trial, Dawson was convicted of violating the protective order, but acquitted on resisting arrest and domestic violence charges. Dawson will be sentenced next month on that misdemeanor, but Geordan said state education officials could still impose their own discipline.

“We talked to them this morning, and they said it could be several months before they ever come up with an answer,” Geordan said.

For now, Geordan says Dawson will remain on administrative leave and away from school.

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