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New documents in former teacher sex abuse case

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Updated: 9/05/2012 8:13 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News uncovered new documents showing the stories Christopher Bacca gave to parents to convince them to let him be alone with their children.

Bacca had the trust of hundreds of children and their parents. The former teacher is accused of molesting one of his student.

New documents reveal new details about how a former teacher of the year deceived his students and their families.  The new documents obtained by Action News show Christopher Bacca told one child's mother he was taking children to the Keys on a trip. He also told the mother her child had work due for school over the summer. But police say Bacca kept the kids at his apartment.

A. Wellington Barlow represents a young boy Bacca is accused of sexually abusing.
He wasn't surprised by the new documents. "This gentleman was supposed to tutor, and take small trips, less than 100 miles," said A. Wellington Barlow.

We also uncovered Bacca's phone and computer were confiscated to search for pornography or sexual correspondence with children. "That's good police and detective work to look and see if there could be a case against a person," said A. Wellington Barlow.

While Bacca sits in jail, we learned he and his wife were evicted from their Avondale apartment. Bacca's family had nothing to say when we knocked on their door.

But here in black and white, mothers say their kids told them lies about what was going on with Bacca. One attorney says it's something his client is still having a hard time dealing with. "Heavy counseling right now," said A. Wellington Barlow.

Bacca was fired from his teaching position with Duval County Schools. He is scheduled to be in court next week for a hearing. The school board did review its policies since Bacca was moved to a different school after the first allegations surfaced in 2009.

Several recommendations included better communication between the school, JSO and DCF, as well as background checks.
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