Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Dover High teacher faces misconduct charges

A Dover High School chemistry teacher was arrested this morning in connection with an incident last month where he reportedly forced a student to drive him to a spot in Dover so he could buy some marijuana.

Dover police charged Damon Bethel, 36, of Smyrna, with coercion and official misconduct. Bail was set at $1,000, police said.

The alleged incident occurred April 21 when the teacher approached one of his students in the early morning hours while he was filling his car up with gas and asked for a ride. The student refused.

The teacher then threatened to fail the student in class if he didn't give him a ride, acccording to court records.

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