St. Louis-area teacher arrested on sodomy charges involving former student

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Aug. 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM
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St. Louis County authorities arrested a 47-year-old middle school P.E. teacher on sodomy charges following allegations that he had oral sex with a 16-year-old female student in the mid-1990s.

Officers arrested James Wilder, 47, at Sperring Middle School on Tuesday morning. Wilder also coaches cross country and track at Lindbergh High School, where the then 16-year-old victim was a student and athlete.

"We are troubled and disturbed when we receive allegations such as this," a Lindbergh School District spokesperson told reporters. "We want our parents to know we'll do whatever we can to cooperate with police."

The victim came forward this summer, telling police that she and Wilder had an ongoing sexual relationship from August 1, 1996 until September 21, 1997.

Wilder, now on paid administrative leave, was also arrested back in 2008 for an alleged incident with another female student. Police at the time determined that there was no "credible evidence" indicating wrongdoing.

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