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License suspended for former West High teacher

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The State Board of Education has suspended the license of a former West High School history teacher who was cleared of charges he sexually abused a student.

The Deseret News reports the board voted unanimously Thursday to suspend Jose Fanjul's teaching license for two years.

State Office of Education Attorney Carol Lear told the Deseret News the office negotiated with Fanjul's attorney for a resolution much like a plea bargain.

The suspension is indefinite, but Fanjul can apply for reinstatement in two years. If it's approved, he would have to go through several steps to regain his license, including long-term frequent counseling, submitting a plan of how he would refrain from teacher misconduct, and undergoing a background check.

Fanjul was removed from West High School in September 2008 for alleged sexual misconduct with a then-16-year-old female student.

He was acquitted of criminal charges the following June.

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