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Union Wants Severance Package For Teacher Convicted of Child Molestation

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FOX News--A teachers union in Michigan is fighting to get a $10,000 severance package for a convicted child molester whose case that drew outrage earlier this year when his former school colleagues pleaded with a judge to sentence him lightly.

Neal Erickson, 38, pleaded guilty in May to raping a young boy over the course of three years from 2006 to 2009 and was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. 

The prison term came over the pleas of seven of Erickson's former fellow teachers at Rose City Middle School, including Sally Campbell, who said in a letter to the judge that Neal made a mistake. He allowed a mutual friendship to develop into much more."

Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner, saying he was "appalled and ashamed that the community could rally around" Erickson, sentenced him to the lengthy prison term, but FoxNews.com reported earlier this year that parents were furious. The decision by the Michigan Education Association to seek severance pay, reported first by  EAGNews.org, is the latest example of teachers rallying around Erickson.

Its completely ludicrous, the boys father, John Janczewski, told EAGNews. Are they nuts in the head? How can the union file a grievance and back a child molester? Were very upset about it.

The union has acknowledged taking Ericksons case to arbitration on behalf of the disgraced educator, but declined to elaborate.

We dont make a practice of discussing any case, MEAs Ron Parkinson told the website. Its based on contractual compliance and thats really all I can say. We filed for arbitration [Friday].

Janczewski said hes now committed to do whatever he can to stop the delivery of the severance package, money that he claims should instead be destined for his son.

We as a family in no way is going to let this happen, he said. I mean, a child molester paid to molest a student? He doesnt deserve it. I dont think the union wants the publicity well bring on this.

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