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Teacher charged with sexual abuse still being paid

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One thing that has really angered a lot of parents is that as Harvey Knotts, who's in jail charged with seven counts of sexual abuse against five students, is still getting paid by the school system.

"I think once they get arrested and are charged for this, they should not be getting paid at all," said Nancy Freeman, a McDonnell parent.

Huntsville Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore said she's bound by state law to pay Knotts, but that could change in the future if a new state law before the legislature is approved.

The law currently requires school systems to continue paying teachers and other employees when they are placed on administrative leave. A non-tenured teacher, like Knotts, would be paid until the superintendent recommends his firing and the school board agrees or until the end of the school year when the school board can choose not to renew his contract.

"It's a property right. As far as the job is concerned," Moore said. "I'm not sure whether he's guilty or not guilty. I don't know. I know we have some allegations."

Moore said she can't fire an employee based on allegations.

"The law may change July 1st, I believe of this year, where you may be able to put someone on leave without pay and then if they are found innocent later on, then you probably have to pay them retroactively," she said.

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