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UNION GROVE/UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - A former coach and teacher at Union Grove Independent School District has surrendered his Texas teaching certification.

In July, former students of Steven Dale Mulkey asked a state judge in Upshur County to open an investigation into Mulkey. They claimed that Mulkey sexually assaulted them in the 1980s when they attended Union Grove.

No criminal charges have been filed against Mulkey, according to online court records.

According to the Texas Education Agency, Mulkey voluntarily surrendered his teaching certification on Nov. 29. He had been certified since 1981 to teach health and physical education at all grade levels, as well as secondary history.

TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said this morning that educators who a surrender their certification voluntarily usually do so to avoid any disciplinary proceedings or action.

"Think of it as a plea bargain in criminal court," Ratcliffe said. "It ends the action."

Ratcliffe added that Mulkey could still teach in a private school.

Mulkey had been placed on administrative leave with Union Grove ISD. It is not known if or when Mulkey's employment ended with the district, as Superintendent Brian Gray was not at his office this morning.

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