PALM COAST, Fla. -- Flagler County investigators say a Matanzas High School English teacher had sex with a 16-year-old student on multiple occasions.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office says its investigation into James Wolfe, 31, started Aug. 14th after the victim came forward with her allegations.
During an interview with investigators, the victim reportedly told them that on one occasion Wolfe had taken her to his home where he provided alcohol and a type of drug that made her feel more relaxed.
"This man violated his position of authority as a teacher, coach and mentor of a young student and upon conviction should be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. He should never be allowed to harm another child," said Sheriff James L. Manfre.
Melissa Derosa lives steps away from Matanzas High. She says crimes like these happen far too often.
"Even at my high school we had things like that happen with the teachers and with the security guards," said Derosa.
According to police, the alleged crimes happened over nine months, from August 2010 to May 2011, when she was 16 and he was 28. The victim reportedly told investigators she felt compelled to engage in sexual activity with Wolfe because of his position as a teacher and track coach.
Wolfe faces seven counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a second-degree felony.
According to the Flagler County Schools Superintendent Janet Valentine, Wolfe has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
Wolfe has posted a $140,000 bond and is now awaiting his next court date.