An arbitrator ruled last month that Joseph DeShan can remain in the classroom, igniting a debate between parents determined to oust him and those who defend the longtime teacher. Corina Knoll of The New York Times reports.

It began last fall, when students new to Cinnaminson Middle School in New Jersey brought home rumours of a "rapist" at the school.

Eventually, their alarmed parents discovered that a teacher, Joseph DeShan, had a past life as a Roman Catholic priest in Bridgeport, Connecticut: In the late '80s, when DeShan was about 30 years old, he began a sexual relationship with a

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