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Charlotte teacher, who lives in Rock Hill, faces sex charges

CHARLOTTE -- A former Chester teacher who once coached basketball at Rock Hill's Clinton Junior College was charged Tuesday in connection with sex involving a student.

Jerry Peter Seale, 62, faces four counts of sexual activity with a student, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said. Seale lives in Rock Hill, authorities say.

On Friday, school officials say Seale resigned as a biology teacher at Derita Alternative School in Charlotte.

Police had been investigating Seale since July 22, when a 16-year-old Derita student and her mother contacted authorities, Sgt. Darrell Price said. Seale and the teen had a sexual relationship, Price said.

Seale had been suspended and has not taught this school year because of the investigation, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman said.

Seale formerly taught at Chester High School, where he did some coaching, said Gaither Bumgardner, executive director of general services with the Chester County School District.

Seale taught biology from September 1987 to December 1992 at the high school, but Chester school officials declined to go into more detail.

Later, Seale coached basketball at Clinton Junior College, said Janis Pendleton, vice president of academic affairs. Seale worked for the college prior to 1994, but Pendleton was unable to comment on his exact period of employment.

Last year, Seale taught at Derita in Charlotte.

Until about a month ago, Seale also was an assistant men's basketball coach at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. The college's athletic director declined to say whether Seale quit his coaching post or was told he was no longer needed. Seale had been a volunteer coach.

Seale also served as a special education teacher at Providence and Olympic high schools and Wilson Middle School, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman said.

Seale, who did not have a criminal record in either of the Carolinas, remained in custody Tuesday night at the Mecklenburg County jail on a $40,000 bond. His first court appearance is slated for 1 p.m. today in Charlotte.

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