Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Investigators: King High teacher posed as parent while trying to pick up student for sex

TAMPA — A King High School English teacher used a second cellphone specifically to contact an 17-year-old student he is accused of having a sexual relationship with, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Jeffrey Halle Jr., 32, was arrested Monday and faces charges of sexual battery, traveling to meet a minor after using a computer, and prohibited use of a computer service or device.

Investigators said he used the phone to talk, text, request nude photos and receive them from the girl.

The relationship came to light after July 7, the affidavit shows, when Halle went to the girl's home to pick her up for sex. He tried to pose as the parent of another student, the affidavit shows, but the girl's father recognized Halle as a teacher and called authorities.

Halle has been released from jail after posting $90,000 bail.

Investigators: King High teacher posed as parent while trying to pick up student for sex 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lutz driver dead after crash with semi on Dale Mabry Highway


    LUTZ — A 68-year-old driver died Saturday night in a crash with a semitrailer truck on Dale Mabry Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Toddler, 1, drowns in spa at birthday party in Trinity


    TRINITY — A toddler drowned at a birthday party Saturday evening and died at the hospital, authorities say, after his parents found him in a spa.

  3. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday


    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start


    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.