Report: Student alleges relationship with Jacksonville music teacher lasted months

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A music teacher who taught students at First Coast High School is accused of taking advantage of a teen on multiple occasions.

Christine Dennard was just released from jail this weekend.

Dennard is known to her neighbors as a friendly person.

"What I know of, she is nice as she can be," said one neighbor who asked not to be named.

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Her alleged relationship with a former 16-year-old student has people talking.

According to a police report, a 16-year-old girl told officers Dennard was her teacher, and their relationship lasted from April 2018 to October 2018.

The student claims they had sex on and off campus.

Court records show Dennard is charged with five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old victim.

She appeared in court Saturday and bonded out of jail.

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Action News Jax Reporter Jamarlo Phillips went to her home to try to hear her side of the story Monday but no one answered the door.

Neighbors are shocked by the allegations.

"I can't believe it. I still can't believe it. The whole family is just nice as they can be. You couldn't ask for anybody in this neighborhood any better," the neighbor said.

The district told Action News Jax Dennard began teaching at First Coast High School in 2015. It's also investigating.