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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 4:00 am

A teacher and a counselor at Amphitheater High School have been placed on administrative leave after allegations that the male teacher had sex with a 16-year-old student emerged.

According to court records, Amphi principal Jon Lansa notified police about a possible inappropriate relationship between the teacher, who has taught at the school for 14 years, and the student.

Court records state that Lansa was shown Facebook messages between the teacher and the student, who were allegedly discussing the current condition of her vehicle so she could go to the teacher’s house.

Todd Jaeger, the district’s assistant superintendent, said it is common practice to place teachers and staff on administrative leave while the district investigates the situation.

While the school district is investigating the allegations, Jaeger said they are also following the criminal investigation closely, and cooperating with authorities.

While the student initially denied any type of relationship with a teacher, police were informed that the 16-year-old female student had written a letter to the school’s counselor about the affair.

According to court records, police suspect the counselor of hiding the letter because she was having a relationship with the teacher in question.

Federal and state laws require any administrator or teacher to report alleged sexual misconduct or sexual abuse between teachers and students.

According to Superior Court documents, the alleged incident with the 16-year-old female student took place on Oct. 22 at the teacher’s home. The student described the incident in detail for detectives.

Through a series of search warrants, the police have searched the teacher’s phone, laptop and computer, along with both the teacher and counselor’s computers at Amphi High School.

The counselor and teacher will remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

The Explorer does not provide names of victims in a sexual crime case, and withheld the names of the counselor and teacher because no charges have been filed at this time.

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