Teacher accused of sex with student posts bond

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James R. Wolfe, the teacher and track coach who was arrested Saturday on charges of having sex with a student, was released from jail over the weekend after posting bond.

Wolfe, who teaches English at Matanzas High School, is accused of having sex with a student between 2010 and 2011. The student was 16 years old at the time. Wolfe was 28.

Similar accusations came against Wolfe in May 2011,  when he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student, an accusation that was later recanted, said Lt. Robert Weber, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office. The student in question denied having any relationship with Wolfe. The juvenile's mother told investigators that her child was home the night of the alleged incident. 

But on Aug. 14, a former student, who is now 18, reported Wolfe, telling investigators that she could remember seven to 10 instances in which the two engaged in sexual intercourse or oral sex. She said she felt compelled to engage in sexual acts with Wolfe because of his position as a teacher and coach.

Wolfe was arrested at his home at 400 Ocean Marina Drive, in Flagler Beach, just before noon on Saturday. He was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, all second-degree felonies. Each charge carries a potential sentence of 15 years in prison, 15 years of sex offender probation or up to $10,000 in fines. If Wolfe were convicted, a judge could impose any combination of those penalties for each charge.

Wolfe's bond was set at $140,000, which he posted over the weekend. He has been placed on paid administrative leave as the case moves through court.

During an interview with investigators, the victim said that on one occasion Wolfe had taken her to his residence where he provided her with alcohol and an unknown narcotic that made her relax and took away the uneasiness of being in Wolfe’s home.

On another occassion, she said that Wolfe set up at tent at Princess Place Preserve, where the two had sexual intercourse. 

No hearing dates have been set in Wolfe's case yet.


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