Gary Lawrence Lee, the Kraemer Junior High School bandleader who pleaded no contest to a charge that he molested a 14-year-old female student, has been fired by the Placentia Unified School District Board of Education.
Lee has 30 days to appeal the decision to the board, which would then conduct an administrative hearing. Lee could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Tim VanEck, assistant superintendent of personnel, said the board voted unanimously in closed session Monday to dismiss Lee. He said that under the Education Code, "we are obligated to take action for dismissal."
Lee, who has taught music at Kraemer Junior High since 1975, was suspended without pay in October after he was accused of molesting the girl, one of his former students, between September, 1986, and March, 1987. He was charged with six felony counts of lewd conduct with a child and one felony count of unlawful penetration with a foreign object.