Crime

St. Pete teacher accused of having sex with student

ST. PETERSBURG -- A Pinellas County school teacher was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having sex with a student.

Jeffrey Bolander, 54, was arrested at Lealman Intermediate School while classes were in session.

St. Petersburg police said over Christmas break, he met a 14-year-old student on three different occasions at Coquina Key Park and had sex with her in his car.

School police officers alerted the police department about the incident.

"The school officials became suspicious about the relationship between the young lady and this teacher," says spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez. "When they brought them in for questioning, sure enough they found out that there had been some inappropriate relations."

So far, no other alleged victims have come forward.

Bolander had been working for the school district since 2010. He resigned from his job when he was arrested.

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