Friday, April 17, 2009

Pastor/teacher's career of abuse

The Tennesean 4.12.09
Ronald Boykin Jr.'s teaching career did not end when he was charged with raping a child. It did not end when he listed on a job application that his last employer suspended him for misconduct. It did not end when he submitted to three criminal background checks. Instead, Ronald Boykin Jr.'s teaching career ended on March 22 when he disobeyed a traffic sign. Metro police caught Boykin, 40, trying to merge onto Interstate 24 from the Second Avenue ramp. In minutes, an officer was able to catch what local and state safeguards missed for three years: Boykin, a Donelson Middle School teacher, was wanted in Chattanooga on charges of sexually abusing children. The ensuing investigation uncovered more potential victims in Nashville. Boykin now is charged with abusing two former students here. But Boykin's story isn't just about a man fleeing from prosecution. It's about how failures in the law and the negligence of school employees allowed someone charged with molesting children leave one school district and move to another, where a fresh start and even a promotion awaited him. Boykin's personnel records show he built a career on working with inner-city students and troubled youth. He earned a bachelor's degree in religious education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Georgia and spent time working as a pastor and as a supervisor at a Chattanooga boys home where he coordinated classes

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