School district fires East Naples teacher arrested on molestation charges
Editors Note: An earlier version of this story stated that Hector Manley was a soccer coach at Parkside Elementary. Manley did not coach at the school.
Collier County Public Schools has fired Hector Manley, the Parkside Elementary teacher arrested on multiple molestation charges.
Manley, 30, was arrested Friday by Collier County deputies on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12.
“Upon learning of the allegations brought forward by a student, (Collier County Public Schools) immediately removed Hector Manley from the school,” spokesman Chad Oliver wrote in an email Sunday. “Mr. Manley is under review for further District action. We are fully cooperating with the Collier County Sheriff's Office on this matter.”
A letter from district Superintendent Kamela Patton states Manley failed to honor the school's principles and "lost the trust of the school community."
The letter also states Manley's misconduct threatened the health, safety and well-being of the students in the East Naples school.
His employment termination was effective Tuesday.
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Manley was hired in 2015 as a second-grade teacher. He was also the soccer coach of one of the victims, authorities said.
An investigation began earlier last week after two children at the school disclosed information about Manley to a Youth Relations deputy, the Collier Sheriff's Office stated in its news release. A third minor later was identified.
According to his arrest report, two more potential victims were identified but have not been interviewed.
Manley was released on bond Saturday, with a court date set for March 25, court records showed Tuesday.
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