Board suspends former Nicholas principal's teaching license

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board has released an order temporarily suspending the license of a former Nicholas County principal who was acquitted of charges that he assaulted a student in February 2009.

Joseph F. Orazen was Nicholas County High School's principal when he was accused of slamming student Dusty Green, then 15, to the ground. During Orazen's trial in December, defense attorneys said the boy was cursing and yelling at the principal. After 20 minutes of deliberations, a Nicholas County jury found Orazen not guilty of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

On Monday, the board released an order suspending Orazen's teaching license for 16 months retroactive to Feb. 18, 2009. The board also said Orazen must obtain 12 hours of ethics training and 12 hours of anger-management training before his license is reinstated.

The board said Orazen's license will be permanently revoked if he is ever convicted of a misdemeanor charge in which a child is the victim or any violent felony charges.

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