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Stockton gym teacher suspended after caught on video dragging girl into pool

A Stockton physical education teacher was caught on video trying to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school's pool.
A Stockton physical education teacher was caught on video trying to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school's pool. Fox40 video image

A Stockton physical education teacher was charged with a misdemeanor and put on leave after he tried to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school's pool.

Denny Peterson, a teacher at Edison High School in Stockton, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child, the Stockton Record reported Friday.

Peterson was filmed with a cellphone by another student while he dragged Sandra Garcia toward the pool in August.

Peterson, a 10-year employee of the school, has no history of complaints with the district, the Associated Press reported. He could lose his job if convicted of the charge.

Fox40 has the video of the incident and an interview with the girl.

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