Monday, February 19, 2018
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King High teacher accused of sex with student released on bail

TAMPA — A King High School teacher accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old student was released from jail Tuesday afternoon after posting bail.

Deputies arrested Jeffrey Halle Jr., 32 of Plant City, Monday after conducting an investigation into his relationship with a female student. Authorities say Halle had a sexual encounter with the girl in a vacant classroom at King High in March. In July, he arranged to meet her at her home to have sex, authorities said, but left when he was confronted by the girl's father.

Halle faces a charge of sexual battery and charges of traveling to meet a minor after using a computer and prohibited use of a computer service or device.

Tuesday morning, a judge set a $90,000 bail. Records show Halle posted a surety bond and was released around 4:30 p.m.

Halle teaches in King's International Baccalaureate program and is a faculty sponsor of the National Honor Society at the eastern Hillsborough school.

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