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Former gym teacher admits taking bribes

May 19, 2006

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— Middle school students who didn't want to change their clothes for class didn't have to, provided they paid their former gym teacher $1 a day.

Terence Braxton, 28, who pleaded guilty to taking the bribes from students, was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation for felony bribery, ordered to pay back the students at Ernest Ward Middle School in Pensacola, and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.

His Florida teaching certificate was permanently revoked, though Circuit Judge Michael Allen's ruling means Braxton could teach in another state.

"I'm ready to get on with my probation and get back to teaching," said Braxton, of Atmore, Ala. "It was a mistake, my first job. I regret doing it."

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