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Mill Creek teacher accused of soliciting student for sex

HOSCHTON - A Mill Creek High School teacher resigned after the parents of one of his students accused him of soliciting sex from their daughter, Gwinnett County Public School officials said.

The family audiotaped a conversation between them in which he allegedly made inappropriate remarks to her.

Once the student's parents notified the school about the conversation, school officials immediately launched an investigation into his behavior. Shortly after it began, Ed Harper resigned from his position as a social studies teacher and assistant softball coach at Mill Creek, said school system spokeswoman Sloan Roach. The student is a 16-year-old girl from Buford.

The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating the allegations. Harper has no previous criminal record with the Gwinnett County Police department, said spokesman Officer Darren Moloney. Since this is an ongoing investigation involving a minor, Moloney said he could not provide details about the accusations.

The school district has notified the Professional Standards Commission and the Department of Family and Children Services, as is standard when these kinds of allegations arise, Roach said.

Harper, who is 53 years old, had been employed by the school district since 2001. Prior to working at Mill Creek, he was the head softball coach and a teacher at Shiloh High School.