Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Ex-Official Accused of Stalking; Teacher, Friend Both Threatened; Reports of Suicidal Behavior

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Ex-Official Accused of Stalking; Teacher, Friend Both Threatened; Reports of Suicidal Behavior

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Byline: Joe Daraskevich

A former administrator at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville is facing a stalking charge in Duval County involving a teacher at the school, according to jail and court records. The charge comes after he was arrested on a warrant Thursday in Alachua County following his release from a mental health facility.

The Episcopal teacher filed an injunction Monday against Matthew Joseph Kearney III that includes accusations of stalking, suicide threats and threats to harm a friend of hers as well as ending her career.

Kearney, 55, was booked into the Alachua County jail Thursday about 11:40 a.m. with a bond of $100,003, according to jail records.

He was hired by Episcopal in 2014 as the head of the high school and was still listed in that position on the school's website Thursday night, although school personnel said that was no longer the case.

"He's not employed by the school," said Meg Sacks, director of marketing at Episcopal.

She declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Kearney's departure from the school because she said it is a "personnel issue."

The teacher - who is not being named by the Times-Union because of the nature of the complaints - filed a temporary injunction for protection against Kearney Monday and he was scheduled to appear in court May 16, according to court records.

"She is a teacher and she is employed by Episcopal," Sacks said of the woman.

The injunction lists Kearney as her ex-boyfriend.

Kearney has been going through a divorce after his wife filed for a dissolution of marriage in February 2015, according to court records. The most recent court filing is listed as April 28.

According to the injunction, Kearney texted the teacher April 27 and told her he would harm one of her friends if she refused to see him.

When she met Kearney, he was intoxicated and threatened to end her career if she left him, according to the injunction. …

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