A longtime Alabama school board president is defending the panel’s decision in 1993 to reinstate a teacher who was accused of molesting a student, even though the teacher is now charged with more abuse, the Associated Press reports. The president of the Shelby County Board of Education, Lee Doebler, says he voted to put teacher Danny Acker back in the classroom after a 1992 abuse accusation because a grand jury didn’t indict him and many former students and their parents supported him as character witnesses…

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