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Former Tampa teacher gets probation in student sex case

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Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

TAMPA — A former King High School teacher accused of having sex with one of his students last year pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse.

Jeffrey Halle, 33, of Plant City, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Chet A. Tharpe to 60 months of probation with no allowance for early termination, according to Mark Cox, spokesman for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office. Halle will be required to undergo psychological and sexual counseling and have no contact with the victim. He also was required to surrender his teacher’s license and perform 300 hours of community service work in an area that does not involve contact with children. Halle also was not allowed to work in places that are intended primarily for children.

is also required to stay away from children other than his own.

Cox said the victim’s family requested that the case be resolved this way.

Hillsborough deputies said Halle, who was an English teacher in the school’s International Baccalaureate program, had sex with a female student in a vacant classroom at King High during the spring semester.

Sometime after the two had sex on campus, Halle and the girl agreed to meet again in July to have sex, the sheriff’s office said.

When Halle arrived at the girl’s home to pick her up, he was confronted by the girl’s father, the sheriff’s office said. Halle left, but the parents contacted the sheriff’s office.

He had been teaching at King High since the 2009-2010 school year. He was hired by the Hillsborough County School District in the 2006-2007 school year and previously taught at Freedom High and Plant City High. Halle’s salary was $41,917, as of October 2011.

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