BAKER COUNTY, Fla. – A Baker County Middle School physical education teacher was fired this month after he admitted he had sex with a woman in his office at the school, the district confirmed Monday.
According to the superintendent's office, the woman was not a student or a Baker County School District employee.
The School Board voted 5-0 on May 11 to fire Leonard Lewis, after Lewis admitted in a meeting last December with his principal and assistant principal that he had "an affair" with a woman two years ago in his office, which is in the gym of the middle school.
He told the principal that the woman was trying to "blackmail" him and threatened to reveal to the principal and the local newspaper that they had sex on school property, according to the superintendent's office.
In April, a woman called the assistant principal and said a member of her family had sex with Lewis in his school office, and the district's investigation confirmed what Lewis had admitted.
He was initially placed on paid leave and was told not to return to campus, but he came to the campus twice, and the superintendent suspended him without pay and recommended he be fired, a district representative said.