Santa Clara Unified Teacher Placed on leave Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

The Santa Clara Unified School District announced that it placed high school social studies teacher Dominic Caserta on paid administrative leave following sexual harassment allegations that surfaced recently.

Caserta has also stepped down from his seat on the Santa Clara City Council and suspended his campaign for Santa Clara County Supervisor.

The allegations go back to 2002 and were released recently after his district personnel file was accidentally sent to staff.

“We are appalled and disappointed with these allegations,” said Superintendent Dr. Stan Rose. “We are committed to ensuring that each allegation is thoroughly investigated. We take each and every claim seriously.”

The district is also reviewing its sexual harassment reporting process for students and staff, ensuring that the process is widely available and accessible, has established wellness coordinators at each of its school sites, and is appointing the Stand Up and Stop Sexual Harassment Task Force to identify areas of improvement of harassment reporting, processes and education for the District community.

The district will also continue to keep students, staff, parents, and the community apprised of ways in which the district will continue to strengthen our approaches to recognizing, responding to, and reporting sexual harassment.

Read more at The Mercury News.



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