Manatee County principal defends himself in an administrative hearing

Manatee County school principal under fire for helping sex offender get a job

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A Manatee County principal could have his education certification revoked after claims he knowingly helped an alleged sex offender get a teaching job in Sarasota County.

An administrator for more than 20-years, Lincoln Memorial Academy principal Ed Hundley is representing himself and is fighting for his career.

He’s accused of writing a letter, recommending Quentin Peterson for a teaching position in Sarasota - even though he knew about sexual misconduct accusations against Peterson.

“The district cannot provide any documentation or any evidence as to my involvement into this case regarding Mr. Peterson simply because I wasn’t." But the state thinks otherwise. The Florida Department of Education presented multiple witnesses on the stand who say he knew everything, and still wrote the letter.

Including the Manatee school district attorney, superintendents of both Manatee and Sarasota County Schools as well as Palmetto Police chief Scott Tyler.

Hundley fought back, saying other people knew about those same allegations, and failed to act.

“Manatee County had Peterson under their supervision when the pictures that led to this case were identified.”

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