SPRING HILL: Ex-Teacher’s Arrest Record Will Not Be Sealed

Hernando County Circuit Court Judge Jack Springstead denied a former Central High School teacher’s request to expunge a 2004 incident where he was arrested for Soliciting a 16-year old student to perform oral sex. Judge Springstead, in denying the motion, stated that “potential school districts need to be made aware of the charge and disposition.”

James Jensen, a former history teacher at Central High, pleaded no contest in July 2004 and received a “withhold of adjudication” along with three (3) years of probation and a revocation of his teaching license.

This story caught my attention as I routinely handle requests to Seal & Expunge Arrest Records and the result of this case is highly unusual.

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Many of us have made a silly mistake and/or had a lapse of judgment that we’d like to forget. The State of Florida allows an individual to Seal or Expunge their arrest record in certain situations.

The Blake & Dorsten, P.A., in Clearwater, frequently handles requests to Seal and Expunge criminal records. This is a highly tecnnical area of the law. And while an attorney is not required to apply to have your arrest record sealed or expunged, I would strongly discourage anyone from doing this alone.

If you have a question about whether a prior arrest can be sealed or expunged, criminal attorney Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq. can quickly determine whether you are eligible for this type of relief. To speak with attorney Dorsten directly, please call 727.286.6141.

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