By Robert Haugh
Thanks to a tip from some students, we’ve discovered that disgraced former Councilman Dominic Caserta is teaching again — at San Francisco State University (SFSU).
Caserta is teaching a course in the Political Science Department called “American Politics” (PLSI 200).
In 2018, Caserta was accused of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment by numerous female high school students and campaign staff during his run for County Supervisor.
Caserta landed on the Creep Sheet that year. The publication is described as “the most complete list of public figures accused of sexual harassment or assault.”
Caserta’s story broke on SanJoseInside.com on May 3, 2018.
Within two weeks, Caserta ended his campaign on May 15, 2018. He also stopped working at Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) where he taught history.
SCUSD completed an investigation of Caserta. But they haven’t made any information public.
Caserta was put on paid leave during the investigation. We reported almost exactly a year ago that SCUSD paid Caserta at that time approximately $12,000 per month in salary and benefits for a total of $128,187.
After an additional year, that number has more than doubled. Wow.
Caserta threatened to sue SCUSD for accidentally releasing his personnel file. According to legal experts, Caserta has a weak case. But he seems to have scared SCUSD.
In contrast, Foothill College did an investigation of Caserta. He taught there, too.
Caserta recruited students for his campaign from Foothill College and allegedly sexually harassed one of them.
Foothill College completed its investigation on July 22, 2018. Here’s what they found:
And here’s a summary of the recommendation:
According to student sources, SFSU did not investigate Caserta for any sexual harassment or assault allegations.
They say his American Politics class is an online course that required students to interact with him in an online forum just once a week.
Caserta has been teaching online courses at SFSU since 2013.