FLORISSANT, Mo. – For the second time in two years, an employee of the Ferguson-Florissant School District is suspected of serious allegations involving students.
District officials got word on Tuesday that a staff member had inappropriate communications with more than one student at McCluer North High School and by the next day, the staff member had been put paid administrative leave and police were called.
On Friday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged 35-year-old Timothy Nagel with patronizing prostitution and attempted sexual contact with a student at the school.
Nagel was identified as a teacher and softball coach at the school.
According to prosecutors, the inappropriate messages began in April 2018.
Nagel was jailed on a $15,000 bond.
“The safety of our students is absolutely the first priority,” said Kevin Hampton, a district spokesman.
Just last year, former McCluer North assistant principal Walter Collie Jr. was sentenced to probation in connection with having a sexual relationship with a student and stealing nearly $10,000.
“Somebody should be checking the background checks more deeply,” said parent Kenneth Daggs.
Daggs said the district conducts thorough background checks but sometimes people slip through the vetting process.
“That happens; it’s in the news all the time. That happens at districts all over the country,” Hampton said.
Both the district and Florissant police were investigating. The principal sent an email to parents concerning the situation.
If the district said if the allegations turn out to be true, the staff member would be terminated. The district does have a link on its website where students, parents, and staffers can file an anonymous report.
Florissant police have asked anyone who thinks they may be a victim to contact the department at 314-831-7000.