PLAINWELL, Mich. (WOOD) - A Plainwell teacher facing criminal charges for his alleged relationship with a student was once investigated by the district for his relationship with a minor.
On Friday, 24 Hour News 8 obtained the personnel file of Kelly Laker, who teaches special education at Plainwell High School.
Laker's yearly reviews in 2012 and 2011 were glowing and called him a great employee who the district was lucky to have.
But the file also showed that in 2000, he returned to work after being placed on administrative leave. The leave related to an allegation involving a minor that happened many years earlier.
The district said the claims were not proven and Laker returned to work.
In the most recent incident, Laker was arrested by the Plainwell Department of Public Safety on May 30 and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and obstruction of justice.
According to a probable cause hearing, Laker was seen kissing the forehead of one of his students as he consoled her in a back room attached to his classroom. The student told the interviewing police officer that Laker would console her because she had test-taking anxiety, and had kissed her on the lips on more than one occasion.
Laker also allegedly would take the student's hand and place it on his private area.
Laker has been placed on leave from the high school. He was arraigned on the charges on June 10.
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