Accused child molesting teacher sought children
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears accused child molesting teacher of the year Christopher Bacca had a history of "inappropriate relationships" with kids.
Duval school documents obtained by Action News reveal sustained allegations of the 4th grade teacher sleeping in the same bed with a child in 2009. School officials removed Bacca from the classroom for a few months. They then transferred him to teach across town at Windy Hill Elementary because the child in that case denied any sexual contact occurred.
Bacca also worked as a part-time summer camp counselor at the Museum of Science and History on the Southbank. The 26-year-old seemed to seek opportunities to mentor young children at various places in Jacksonville.
Camp parent Velma Meikel told Action News, "What's going on is very disconcerting. It's quite interesting."
Museum officials want parents to know they did conduct a background check on Bacca when they hired him in 2003. The museum has now fired him a day after he was arrested for allegedly sleeping with another boy at his Avondale apartment and engaging in oral sex.
Bacca also volunteers here as a co-chair the youth ministry for Riverside Presbyterian Church.
The school district superintendent is recommending Bacca's termination while the teacher faces multiple charges of sexual battery of a child under 12 years old.
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