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Former St. Pete teacher denies sex allegations


Published:   |   Updated: August 20, 2014 at 03:35 PM

A former St. Petersburg teacher is denying allegations that she had sexual relations with a 16-year-old boy following her arrest this week.

Elisha Joy Kingsley, 39, was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives said Kingsley met the boy while she was teaching at the private Canterbury School in St. Petersburg, however a lawyer working with Kingsley said the charges brought against her are based on false claims.

“They didn’t have sexual intercourse,” said Summer Goldman, an attorney with Goldman Wetzel who works with sex crimes cases.

Goldman said Kingsley and the boy knew each other from the school and had formed a friendship.

A release from the sheriff’s office alleged the two began texting in June and later began meeting up in person throughout the county.

Kingsley resigned from her teaching position in June, but Goldman said she was unaware of the exact date.

Goldman said Kingsley, who was released on a $20,000 bond Monday, is not planning to file litigation in response to the claims.

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