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Teacher accused of having two-year sexual relationship with teen boy

Alyson Perry-
Jarvis, 36, is accused of having sex with a boy, now 18, since the summer of 2006.

Alyson Perry- Jarvis, 36, is accused of having sex with a boy, now 18, since the summer of 2006.

LARGO — An elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday accused of having a two-year sexual relationship with a teen.

Alyson Perry-Jarvis, 36, a third-grade teacher at Southern Oak Elementary School in Largo, became acquainted with the boy through neighborhood and family connections when he was 15. She engaged the victim in sexual activity in July 2006, when he was 16, and it continued until August 2008, investigators said.

The young man, now 18, reported Perry-Jarvis to the Sheriff's Office on Sept. 19.

"He realized what she was doing was wrong," sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said.

Perry-Jarvis of 504 Sheridan Drive in Palm Harbor faces one charge of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a charge for which consent is not a defense.

According to alumni notes, Perry-Jarvis is a graduate of Baptist-affiliated Samford University in Alabama. The notes also say she and her husband have a son.

Perry-Jarvis will not be paid while she is in jail, said Pinellas County schools spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. After her release, she will be on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a school district investigation.

The Pinellas County School District hired Perry-Jarvis on Nov. 11, 2000. She has one disciplinary action in her personnel file, a letter of caution from March 2008 that discussed problems with colleagues and a disparaging remark, Zahn said.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report. Stephanie Garry can be reached at (727) 892-2374 or sgarry@sptimes.com.

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