Police investigating; North Bay Haven suspends paraprofessional

PANAMA CITY — A North Bay Haven Charter Academy coach has been suspended pending the results of an investigation into allegations that he might have used a cellphone to film boys in the locker room, a school official confirmed Tuesday.

Duane Geradine has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of investigations by the Panama City Police Department and the Department of Children and Families, Tim Kitts said Tuesday. Kitts, Bay Haven’s principal and chief education officer, said Geradine was suspended “within the hour” that school officials were made aware of the allegations.

According to a brief PCPD incident report detailing the allegations, a parent complained last week that she believed her son had been filmed changing clothes in the locker room at North Bay Haven Charter Academy, where Geradine has been a paraprofessional in the school’s physical education department for about a year-and-a-half, Kitts said.

“When confronted by a student, [Geradine] told them that he sent the videos to the person that needed to see them,” the PCPD report says.

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