Before the Education Practices Commission of the State of Plor

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IN RE: Administrative Complaint seeking disciplinary action against the Educator's Certificate of Shawn Trotter. I

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MAR 2 6 2008

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An Administrative Complaint seeking disciplinary action against the educator's certificate of Respondent, Shawn Trotter, was filed by DR. ERIC.1 SMITH, as Commissioner of Education on, December 18, 2007. Respondent, holder of Florida educator's certificate number 854565, was served with a copy of the Administrative Complaint. Respondent has filed an answer to the Administrative Complaint stating that he did not wish to contest the charges, that he waived any further rights to due process or a public hearing, that he surrendered his certificate for permanent revocation, and that all his actions were free and voluntary, The Administrative Complaint and the answers are incorporated Order. In consideration of the foregoing, the Education Practices Commission, as empowered by F.S. 1012.796, hereby PERMANENTLY REVOKES educator's certificate number, 854565, held by, Shawn Trotter.
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Final Order Re: Shawn Trotter Page Two

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing Order in the matter of DR. ERIC J. SMITH vs. Shawn Trotter was furnished to Shawn Trotter #K72742, c/o GulfC. I. at 500 Ike Steele Road, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 this_1Lday of March 2008, by U. S. Mail.

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Kathleen Richard~ Education Practices Commission

COPIES FURNISHED TO: Bureau of Professional Practices Bureau of Teacher Certification Florida Administrative Law Reports P. O. Box 385 Gainesville, Florida 32602 Superintendent Martin County School Board 500 East Ocean Boulevard Stuart, Florida 34994 Human Resources and Staff Development Martin County School Board 500 East Ocean Boulevard Stuart, Florida 34994 Daniel Biggins, Assistant Attorney General The Capital Plaza Levell Tallahassee, Florida 32399 Mari Presley, Esquire Office of General Counsel Florida Department of Education 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1232 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 Pamela Cooper, Esquire 300 East Park Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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STATE OF FLORIDA EHECA TION PRACTICES CO~'1.MlSSION

DR. ERIC J. SMITH, as Commlssioner of Education, Petitioner,
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CASE NO. 067-3049-F

SHA \VN PATRICK TROTTER,
Respondent.

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AD),IIl';ISTRA TTV E COIHPLAINT
Petitioner, Dr. Eric J. Smith, as Commissioner of Education, files this Administrative Complaint against SHAWN PATRICK TROTTER. The Petitioner seeks the appropriate disciplinary sanction of the Respondent's educator's certificate pursuant to Sections 1012.795 and 1012,796, Florida Statutes, and pursuant to Rule 6B-I.006, Florida Administrative Code, Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, said sanctions specifically set forth in Sections 1OJ2.795(1) and 1012,796(7), Florida Statutes. The Petitioner alleges:

JJJJUSDICTION
L The Respondent holds Florida Educator's Certificate 854565; covering the area of

Social Science, which it> valid through June 30, 2008.
2. At all times pertinent hereto, the Respondent was employed Teacher at South Fork High School in the Martin County School District as a Social Studies

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ALLEGATIONS

In or around January 2007, the Respondent engaged in sexual intercourse, in the classroom, with a 16 year old female student on three occasions. On or about February 6,2007, the Respondent was arrested 011 three counts of sexual activity with a minor. On or about July 25, 2007, the Respondent pled no contest to, and was adjudicated guilty of all three counts.

SHAWN PATRICK TROTTER Administrative Complaint Page 2 00

The Petitioner

charges: STATUTE VIOLATIONS

COUNT 1: The Respondent is in violation of Section l012.795( I)(c), florida Statutes, in that Respondent has been guilty of gross immorality or an act involving moral turpitude. COCNT 2: The Respondent is in violation of Section 1012.795(1 }(e), Florida Statutes, in that Respondent has been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other criminal charge, other than <.I minor traffic violation. COUNT 3: The Respondent is in violation of Section 10J 2.795(1)(i), Florida Statutes, in that Respondent has violated the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession prescribed by State Board of Education rules, COUNT 4: The Respondent is in vi clarion of Section 10 12.795 (2), Florida Statutes, wh ich provides that the plea of guilty in any CDUli or the decision of guilty by any court is prima facie proof of grounds for the revocation of the certificate.

RULE VIOLATIONS
COUNT 5: The allegations of misconduct set forth herein are in violation of Rule 6Dl.006(3)(a), Florida Administrative Code. in that Respondent has failed to make reasonable effort 10 protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student's menta! health and/or physical health and/or safety.

COUNT 6: The allegations of misconduct set forth herein arc in violation of Rule 6Bw l.006(3)(c), Florida Administrative Code, in that Respondent has intentionally exposed a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
COUNT 7: The allegations of misconduct set forth herein are in violation of Rule 6n~ 1.006(3)(h), Florida Administrative Code, in that Respondent has exploited a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.

(SIGNATURE ON Ft'OLLOWING PAGlf)

SHAWN PATRICK TROTTER Administrative Complaint

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WHERE 1"0 RE, based on the reasons set forth herein and in accordance with the Explanation of Rights and Election of Rights forms attached to and made a part of this Administrative Complaint, Petitioner respectfully recommends that the Education Practices Commission impose an appropriate sanction against the Respondent' s educator's certificate pursuant to the authority provided in Sections 1012.795(1) and 1012.796(7), Florida Statutes. The sanctions imposed by the Education Practices Commission may include, but are not limited to, aJ1Y one or a combination of the following: issuing the Respondent a written reprimand; placing the Respondent on probation for any period of time; restricting the Respondent's authorized scope of practice; assessing the Respondent an administrative fine; directing the Respondent to enroll in the Recovery Network Program; suspending the Respondent's educator's certificate for a period of time not to exceed live years; revoking the Respondent's educator's certificate for a period of time up to 10 years or permanently; or barring the Respondent from reapplying for an educator's certificate for a period of time up to 10 years or permanently.

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J. SMITH, as Commissioner of Education State of Florida

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