Former assistant principal’s license revoked after sex harassment allegations

Oscar Villanueva

State officials have permanently revoked the teaching license of a former Pahokee Junior-Senior High School assistant principal who was fired last year after being accused of sexually harassing two students.

Oscar Villanueva, of Clewiston, was terminated in June by the Palm Beach County School Board after accusations that he groped a female student and asked another one to send him pictures of her legs.

One of the students said that Villanueva, then 60, told her that if he was her age he would make her his girlfriend, and that he asked her to send him pictures of her legs, according to a school district report.

Another student said that Villanueva touched her buttocks two separate times and asked her if he could touch her with no pants on, the report said.

Villanueva denied both allegations and said he believed the accusations were provoked by his decision to remove a friend of the accusers from the school’s soccer team, according to a police report.

School district police investigated the allegations but did not file charges. School officials reported the incidents to the state Department of Children and Families hotline.

Earlier this month, the state Department of Education permanently revoked Villanueva’s educator’s certificate.

Records show that Villanueva agreed to surrender it voluntarily and agreed not to appeal. He did not return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

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