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ALSDE: Mobile County never requested a new background check of teacher arrested


A spokesperson with the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) told FOX10 News that DeAndre Hill's background was cleared by the Alabama Department of Education (ALSDE) before he was hired this summer, just before the start of the school year. However, an ALSDE spokesperson, Malissa Valdes-Hubert, told FOX10 News that's not the case. 

In fact, she said MCPSS never contacted ALSDE for an updated background check or verification of Hill's teaching certificate before they hired him last summer. 

This information comes after Denton Middle School teacher, 32-year-old DeAndre Hill, was arrested last Thursday, April 2, for soliciting sex with a student. 

He is facing the charge of school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. 

FOX10 News looked further into Hill's background. According to the Montgomery Police Department he had been arrested in April 2014 for indecent exposure while he was working at Southlawn Middle School in Montgomery. 

That charge was dropped, and FOX10 News is continuing to press the Montgomery Police Department for the reason why. FOX10 News has reached out to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office for information about the case, but that office has no records on file of the arrest even occurring. 

State court records also do not show any files of the arrest. 

According to Tom Salter with the Montgomery County School System, Hill was an employee at Southlawn Middle School from 2012-2014, and his contract was not renewed at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.  According to Montgomery Police, Hill was arrested on April 24, 2014. 

So, FOX10 News wanted to know how Hill was able to get a job with the Mobile County School System just a few months following the indecent exposure arrest. 

The Mobile County School System told FOX10 News that Hill's background was cleared through the Alabama Department of Education before he was hired at Denton Middle School in the summer of 2014.

FOX10 News has formally requested proof of that background check, as well as documentation of his job application to the Mobile County School System. 

However, according to ALSDE, the only background check conducted on Hill was in 2008 when he applied for an Emergency Teaching Certificate. 

Valdes-Hubert told FOX10 arrests are supposed to show up in background checks, even if there was no conviction. She also said Montgomery County Schools notified ALSDE of the indecent exposure arrest in writing on April 29, 2014. 

FOX10 News will keep you posted as more information is released on this matter.  

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