PALMETTO – Eddie Hundley wants to clear his name.


The principal of Lincoln Memorial Academy in Palmetto has faced allegations that he knowingly wrote a job reference for a teacher under investigation for sexual misconduct.


Tuesday, Hundley ripped into Manatee County School District administrators, the Palmetto Police Department, the Manatee Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County School Board in a press conference he called to address those allegations, and he flatly denied any wrongdoing.


Hundley held the press conference in front of the Palmetto Police Department, whose chief he said lied about the case to the media. Hundley said the investigation into former teacher Quinten Peterson was downplayed to him in his meeting with law enforcement. That meeting, and the content were verified by an adminstrator at the Pametto school.