Wyman Gresham of Broward, Florida faces felony charges after three teenage girls, aged 12, 13, and 15, made allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The girls are students at Lauderhill 6-12 Stem-Med Magnet School where Gresham was a teacher.
Gresham, 48, is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd and lascivious molestation.
The charges come after a Local 10 investigation revealed that Gresham allegedly had a history of sexual misconduct going back almost two decades, but the school district allowed him to keep his teaching position.
“The defendant’s actions date back to 1998, where he had offered a 13-year-old girl money to strip and perform sexual acts,” prosecutor Amanda Graham told Broward County Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel in court last Friday. “In 2002, he touched another girl’s hip area and made inappropriate comments to her. (From) 2007 to 2010, there was another girl, who was a close family friend, who he asked to send pictures. And then, in 2015, he actually physically abused a student.”
Based on two of those allegations, the state education commissioner filed an administrative complaint against Gresham in 2006 that sought to suspend or revoke his teaching certificate.
Gresham didn’t fight the allegations and was found guilty of “gross immorality” but was allowed to keep his teaching certificate. The case was settled by the state in 2009 with a $1,000 fine, a psychological evaluation, a written reprimand, and three years of employment probation.
Gresham still works for the school district even after the latest allegations came to light. His defense attorney asked the judge on Friday to take him off house arrest and allow him to work at the school’s book depository, where he wouldn’t have any contact with any students. Seigel kept him on house arrest, but permitted Gresham to work at the book depository.
When asked why Gresham was still employed by the school district, Superintendent Robert Runcie told Local 10 that he was not aware of the previous allegations against Gresham, but said the school board had launched an investigation.
“Once I have the facts and we can actually see what’s going on, I can tell you without question we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of our students, our families, our communities, and that will never be compromised,” Runcie said.
Runcie added that the previous allegations against Gresham happened before he was appointed superintendent.
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