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Teacher calls sex charges revenge

CHARLOTTE -- A former teacher in York and Chester counties charged this week with multiple counts of sexual activity with a Charlotte student denied the allegation and called it retribution.

Charlotte police said Jerry Peter Seale, 62, had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student at Derita Alternative School in Charlotte. On Wednesday, Seale repudiated the allegation.

"No, I did not," Seale said from Charlotte police headquarters about two hours after an afternoon court appearance. "People who know me, they know what kind of person I am."

Police charged Seale on Tuesday with four counts of sexual activity with a student, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Seale, who lives in Rock Hill, posted bond Tuesday night.

Seale, who said more details will come out in court, was at the police department to file a report because one of the girl's relatives followed him into a bathroom at the courthouse and would not let him out, he said.

Police had been investigating Seale since July 22, when the student and her mother contacted authorities, police said.

Seale most recently taught biology at the alternative school. In the past, he coached at Rock Hill's Clinton Junior College and taught biology and coached at Chester High School.

According to Herald archives, records filed by the school district show Seale was dismissed from Chester High because of accusations that he touched female students on the hip and breast, made sexual remarks and invited them to stay in a hotel.

Seale also was employed with the Rock Hill school district, where he taught science from 1983 to 1987 at Rock Hill High School and coached the varsity and junior varsity football teams, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said. She could not confirm why Seale's employment ended.

Wednesday during court, Seale was told to come back Sept. 26 when it will be determined if the state has cause to move forward with a trial, a Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

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

Seale did not have a criminal record in either of the Carolinas. However, a North Carolina criminal record search shows that Seale faced a felony embezzlement charge.

In 1989, when he was a science teacher and a boys basketball coach, Seale was suspended after he was charged with embezzling money from Carowinds, where he worked part-time, according to Herald archives. He was acquitted and later reinstated as a biology teacher, Herald archives show.

Until about a month ago, Seale was an assistant men's basketball coach at Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C.

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

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