Teacher from Morton to appeal license suspension

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A spokesman for the Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction says a Morton teacher convicted of inappropriately touching girls has decided to appeal a state committee's decision on suspension of his teaching certificate.

Spokesman Nathan Olson says the next step for Michael Moulton will be a hearing before an administrative law judge. No word on when that might be.

Earlier this month, the Admissions and Professional Conduct Advisory Committee decreased Moulton's license suspension from three years to two to make his punishment consistent with previous suspensions of teachers in similar cases.

Washington schools chief Randy Dorn suspended Moulton's license in September, citing an investigation that found Moulton had violated Washington's code of professional conduct.

Moulton was convicted of inappropriately touching four girls in 2008 and served 16 days in jail.