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When school teachers get into legal trouble


There have been a number of high profile incidents involving Hillsboro School District employees over the last two years:

n Most recently, Gregg Martin Jensen, 54, a Liberty High School social studies teacher, was arrested last spring and charged with 19 counts of sexual abuse of a female student. Previous to his May 2, 2014, arrest, Jensen was arrested for reckless driving and DUII on April 24, 2014, after crashing his car near North Plains. Jensen is currently in the Washington County Jail awaiting trial, scheduled for October. He has been fired.

n McKinney Elementary School principal Ricardo Le-

Blanc-Esparza resigned April 30 before the Hillsboro School District was able to complete an investigation into why Le-Blanc-Esparza allowed a convicted criminal (John Moreno) with ties to Washington’s marijuana industry into McKinney to take part in an anti-bullying campaign. LeBlanc-Esparza was not investigated or charged by police.

n In April 2013, Timothy Bishop, then-principal at Orenco Elementary School, was arrested for DUII, hit and run and domestic harassment after hitting a car while driving near Cooper Mountain. Bishop was placed on paid administrative leave from the school district, as is the district’s policy. The hit and run charge was dismissed after Bishop reached a civil compromise with the owner of the car he hit. Bishop pleaded guilty to the harassment charge and entered a domestic violence diversion program.

He was arrested again on Aug. 13, 2013, for drunk driving. Bishop officially retired from the Hillsboro School District on Aug. 30, 2013, after more than 30 years.

n Bruce Clevenger, at the time a Liberty High School teacher, was arrested in April 2013 after assaulting a 17-year-old during a road rage incident in Aloha. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, recklessly endangering and second-degree criminal mischief in September 2013 and was sentenced to probation, traffic safety classes and 100 hours of community service. Clevenger resigned his job at the school district, where he had taught special education.

n David Alan Herman was arrested in August 2013 and charged with second-degree manslaughter and reckless driving. The charges came four months after Herman suffered a diabetic episode, lost consciousness while driving and ran his car off the road. The accident killed 11-year-old Kylie Hornych of Aloha. He was sentenced to four years in prison for criminally-negligent homicide. At the time of the accident, Herman was a science teacher at Liberty High School.