updated 2/16/2006 1:19:28 PM ET 2006-02-16T18:19:28

A middle school gym teacher let children sit out his class if they paid him $1 a day, collecting perhaps thousands of dollars, officials said Thursday.

Terence Braxton, 28, took the payoffs between September and December, resigning after the principal learned of the scheme from a parent, authorities said.

He is being sought on bribery charges.

The charges accuse Braxton of taking about $230 from six students, but sheriff’s spokesman Mike Ward said the teacher’s take was probably much greater.

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