Palm Coast Teacher Wolfe nabbed: Admits sex with 16 years old student


How come Palm Coast doesn’t advertise this in the real estate brochures? The charges are that James Wolfe a Palm Coast teacher and coach had sexual relations with a female student, then 16 during the  2010 school year.

The former student, now 19,  said he took her to his home and gave her alcohol and an unknown drug, which left her “very relaxed.” She told detectives they had sex at least seven times and she felt compelled because he was her teacher.

So let’s see now. This 16 year old was drinking alcohol and took an unknown drug.  Of course she can drive in Florida at sixteen but was unaware that she was under the legal drinking age and also took a drug she knew nothing about. I thought they taught that stuff in the Palm Coast Schools or maybe at home.  She says she felt “compelled” to have sex because he was her teacher.

But quite frankly anything she says is irrelevant other than she had sex with this person even if it was consensual l as I suspect.  The only thing that matters under Florida law is that sexual relations occurred, which must be proven, and that the parties ages met the statutory provisions.

The age of consent in Florida is 18, but close in age exemptions exist. By law, the exception permits an adult younger than 24 to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor aged 16 or 17.  [Some clown must have come up with this point spread.]  So if the Teacher had been 23 instead of 28 at the time, it would have been nothing. But because the Teacher was five years older, we have a statutory violation if he actually had sexual activity with her.

Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors under Florida law describes A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree.

In a Statutory Charge, the age calculus alone determines the penalty;  intent means nothing. The mere act alone constitutes the crime so all the rest of the “I was compelled because he was my teacher” story is irrelevant.  And if this story is true, then Mr. Wolfe must have been sleeping for the last five years when a raft of Teacher student sexual prosecutions made headlines in Florida. If the story is true the I think its fair to ask Mr. Wolfe, “What were you thinking?”

Mr. Wolfe is of course innocent until proven guilty.

How Wolfe got nabbed.  In a nutshell, the victim wore a wire which was being monitored live by Flagler County Deputies, apparently capturing an admission by Wolfe shortly before the arrest.

Mr. Wolfe was released on a $140,000 bond.

One Palm Coast Resident summed it up, “I sure hope this doesn’t hurt property values in the C Section.”  [Mr. Wolfe lives off Crabtree Ct. and if convicted will be labeled a sexual predator which can affect local property values.] It is always reassuring that Palm Coast residents are concerned about important issues. Their keen minds just slice directly to things that matter most.


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