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PA Investigates Former Teacher 14 years After Charges

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Fourteen years after a Vincentian Academy coach and teacher was forced to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct with basketball players, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is questioning former athletes who played for him.

David Scott Zimmerman, 46, of O’Hara is the subject of the investigation, according to one of his former athletes. He said a state investigator contacted him to verify his story.

“He was contacting all the people involved,” said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was told that disclosure of DOE investigations is a crime. The investigator told him that the state is trying to suspend or revoke Zimmerman’s teaching license.

Apparently, he said, Zimmerman “is still able to teach in the state of Pennsylvania. How that is possible I don’t know.”

Generally, a complaint about a teacher’s license must be filed within a year of the alleged misconduct or a year from the time the misconduct was discovered.

The case against Zimmerman was well publicized in local news media after police and the U.S. Attorney’s office filed charges in 1999.

Last week, PublicSource revealed that Zimmerman had formed a nonprofit youth group in Florida, called the Y.E.A. Foundation, that works with young people who are interested in extreme sports and the arts.

Read more of this story at the website of our partner PublicSource.