Manatee County teacher punished for making sexual innuendos to students

eearl@bradenton.comAugust 21, 2013 

Bill Gaynor samples a coffee cake as during the judging of food entries at the Manatee County Fair in 2003. FILE PHOTO

MANATEE -- Former Braden River High School business teacher William Gaynor has been ordered by the state to pay $500 and complete sexual harassment courses.

Gaynor, now a business education teacher at Manatee Technical Institute, was also placed on probation for two years.

The punitive action taken by the Florida Department of Education follows incidents during the 2010-2011 school year in which Gaynor made inappropriate comments and sexual innuendos to students. These comments included asking students to stay after school for a threesome.

According to the Florida Department of Education, Gaynor must complete his required sexual harassment coursework within the first year of probation.

Calls to the Gaynor residence were not returned.

The state also decided pun

ishment for a Southeast High School junior varsity baseball coach who sent inappropriate messages to a volleyball player.

James Stern Abelson, a non-faculty member, has been denied a Florida educator certificate by the state, and he is forbidden to reapply for another five years.

In 2007, Abelson was teaching in Pennsylvania when he had an instant message conversation with a student about her appearance and asked to see her in a volleyball uniform.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.

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