In 2017, Donovan Harper was teaching physical education at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, which is part of the San Francisco Unified School District. He had been an employee for the district for three years, but it was during his full-time employment at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, when allegations surfaced that he had allegedly molested and committed lewd acts with a 13-year-old female student. 


The school district originated the internal investigation, contacted students’ families to inform them of the investigation, and encouraged anyone with information to come forward. During the investigation, Harper was placed on paid administrative leave. The school district contacted the San Francisco Police Department, and they identified Harper as a suspect. SFPD issued a warrant for his arrest, and Harper was initially charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child. As part of the plea deal, the two felony charges were dropped in place of a sexual battery conviction. The San Francisco Superior Court sentenced Harper to one year in jail and three years of probation.  Harper lost his teaching credential in April 2018.

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