ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged a Sperreng Middle School teacher Wednesday for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenager in the mid-90s.
James Wilder III was charged with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. He remains jailed on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
County police were first alerted of the relationship over the summer. The victim told police the relationship with Wilder began August 1, 1996 and lasted until September 21, 1997.
The victim, 16-years-old at the time of the incident, was a sophomore at Lindbergh High School and Wilder was her coach for the girls' cross country and track team.
Wilder, 47, was investigated for inappropriate contact with another student in 2008. The Lindbergh School District, county prosecutor's office and the state each investigated the claims and found "no credible evidence" to pursue charges.
The district said it is willing and ready to cooperate with the investigation.
Wilder has worked at Sperreng since joining the Lindbergh School District in 1993. At present, he's a physical education teacher but has taught math and health during his tenure. He's also worked as the track and cross country coach over his 20-year career.
James Wilder has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.