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Douglas Anderson teacher accused of indecent exposure

Published on April 18, 2024 at 12:27 pm

Another teacher at the Douglas Anderson School of Arts faces criminal charges.

Chris Allen-Black, an algebra teacher, was arrested in Orange County on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.

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News4JAX obtained Allen-Black’s arrest report Thursday morning. It shows he was arrested at a Walt Disney World resort in February.

Parents and families received an email Wednesday afternoon from Douglas Anderson about Allen-Black’s arrest.

“Please know that your child’s academic well-being is our top priority, and we have put an instructional transition plan in place to ensure there is no disruption to student learning,” the email said.

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The math teacher was removed from the classroom and reassigned to different duties without student contact, according to the email. The Duval County Public Schools office of professional standards is investigating.

According to the arrest report, witnesses saw a man, later identified as Allen-Black, naked and fondling himself in a window overlooking the pool at the Dolphin Resort. One woman said she was concerned because other people were in sight, including children and families.

Allen-Black was charged with indecent exposure and released on a $2,500 bond. Court documents show he is expected to be back in an Orange County courtroom for a hearing in May.

This is the fifth teacher that Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has removed from the classroom since March 2023, when former music teacher Jeffrey Clayton was arrested following allegations of inappropriate contact with a student.

Corey Thayer, chair of the cinematic arts department, English teacher Kerry Burke-McCloud and a third unnamed teacher were all reassigned based on information received during Douglas Anderson’s investigation, which was sparked by Clayton’s arrest.

New4Jax reached out to Duval Schools to see how long the district knew about Allen-Black’s February arrest before notifying parents.

This story was produced by News4Jax, a Jacksonville Today news partner.


author image Anne Maxwell is an award-winning investigative reporter who joined News4Jax in August 2021. Anne previously worked at WSPA in Greenville, South Carolina, as a reporter and fill-in anchor. author image Aaron Farrar joins News4Jax as a weekend morning reporter, after working a year at WFXR in Roanoke, Virginia, as a morning news reporter and primary fill-in anchor. Before that, he spent two years as a multimedia journalist at WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
author image Anne Maxwell is an award-winning investigative reporter who joined News4Jax in August 2021. Anne previously worked at WSPA in Greenville, South Carolina, as a reporter and fill-in anchor. author image Aaron Farrar joins News4Jax as a weekend morning reporter, after working a year at WFXR in Roanoke, Virginia, as a morning news reporter and primary fill-in anchor. Before that, he spent two years as a multimedia journalist at WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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