Additionally, he had been counseled verbally and in writing concerning inappropriate comments to students.
"Hence, while termination may not be appropriate under a just cause standard, progressive discipline clearly warrants suspension without pay," wrote Kowalski, in his determination. "Mr. Crandall has over 28 years of service and has performed his duties generally well, but (Crandall) must learn that certain remarks and behavior are inappropriate with students."
"We are pleased that after a full hearing, Mr. Crandall has been held responsible for his conduct," said board of education president David Gibson. "The board is sincerely appreciative of the students and families who brought their concerns to our attention. We recognize the difficulties faced by those students during this lengthy process."
It was the position of the school district that the alleged misconduct warranted termination as a penalty.
Langevin said that she hoped for dismissal not only because of the allegations but also because Crandall had been repeatedly counseled in the past.
According to Kowalski's determination, testimony heard in the hearing from psychiatrist Steven Kondrick and psychologist Frederick Smith stated that, based on testing of Crandall, he is unlikely to change his behavior in the future. Rebuttal testimony given by Dr. Robert McCaffrey said that Crandall does not suffer from any psychiatric pathology that makes him prone to misconduct.
Langevin said she was not at liberty to discuss her opinion on whether or not Crandall would be likely to offend again, but said she would remain focused on the children's welfare upon Crandall's return.
"I'm very concerned with making sure the kids are safe," said Langevin. "I think the most important thing to the board and I is that the children remain safe upon Mr. Crandall's return."
According to Langevin, discussions are being held between her and the board as to what Crandall's role would be when he returned, and in how to limit contact between Crandall and students.
"It's not necessary for us to move him back into a teaching assignment fully," she said.
Langevin would not comment on when Crandall would be eligible for retirement.