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Former teacher's license revoked.

Byline: Alisha Roemeling The Register-Guard

PLEASANT HILL - The teaching license of a former teacher in the Pleasant Hill and Bethel school districts was revoked in June because the teacher reportedly had an "intimate and inappropriate relationship" with a female student 35 years ago.

The Pleasant Hill district is located about 12 miles southwest of Eugene.

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, or TSPC, revoked the license of Mary Stevenson on June 21, about two years after the Pleasant Hill School District informed the commission in June 2015 that Stevenson had been involved with the student in the spring of 1982.

At the time, she was a substitute teacher for the Bethel School District, Pat McGillivAaAeAeA ray, Bethel district spokesman, said Wednesda

Stevenson retired in June 2015, former Pleasant Hill Superintendent Tony Scurto said Wednesday.

Scurto said he received information about the student-teacher relationship via email and, as a superintendent, he is required by law to report it to the TSPC.

Scurto said Wednesday that he could not release additional information about the incident, citing personnel laws.

The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is Oregon's licensing agency for all of the state's educators.

Trent Danowski, deputy director for the Oregon TSPC, said the commission does not have a statute of limitations.

"The TSPC has authority to pursue a sanction against an educator's license so long as the educator holds a current licensure with TSPC, or has held licensure with TSPC within the past five years," Danowski said. "TSPC is a licensure agency, not a criminal justice entity."

Stevenson had been licensed with the commission since Dec. 21, 1979, and held a standard teaching license, valid through Sept. 15, 2019, until it was revoked, TSPC documents show.

A Pleasant Hill High School staff directory from the 2012-13 school year shows that Stevenson taught physical education, dance and culinary arts at the high school. She also was a track coach.

Scott Linenberger, the Pleasant Hill School District's new superintendent, said Wednesday he was unaware of any details in the case. Scurto, the former superintendent in Pleasant Hill who now is the superintendent for the Lane Education Service District, said Stevenson was hired in the Pleasant Hill district sometime after the incident.

"It didn't happen while she was working for the Pleasant Hill district," he said.

TSPC documents show that Stevenson declined to be interviewed by the commission regarding her relationship with a student, but that she did sign the order, which "stipulates that there are sufficient facts contained in the commission's files and records" to support the findings of the commission.

Although Stevenson signed the document that revokes her license, she "has not admitted that said allegations are true," the document states.

Stevenson could not be reached for comment.

The commission determined that Stevenson violated a number of OreAaAeAeA g Revised Statues and Oregon Administrative Rules.

The violations include a gross neglect of duty by failing to use professional judgment, failing to honor appropriate adult boundaries with students in conduct and conversations, and failing to refrain from any sexual conduct with a student.

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