Wife confronted fmr. teacher accused of having sex with students, police say

Corey French, 30, is charged with unlawful sexual activity

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Jacksonville high school teacher was arrested Thursday over accusations that he had sex with two underage students, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Corey Maguire French, 30, was released from custody Friday morning after he was booked into the Duval County jail on two felony counts of unlawful sexual activity, jail records show.

According to arrest warrants obtained Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said French had sex with the two girls on multiple occasions, including at his home. Investigators said one of the girls found out about the other girl, notified someone at Fletcher High School and shared texts from French with JSO.

At some point, investigators said, French's wife became aware of what was happening and confronted her husband.

Court records show he is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 18.

French, who taught at Fletcher High School, was the subject of a March complaint that he had been sexually involved with two former students, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

JSO said an investigation found allegations that French had sex with the students, then ages 16 and 17, from 2015 to 2017 while he worked at Fletcher.

A Duval County Public Schools spokesperson said French was immediately removed from a classroom role and the Sheriff's Office was notified once the school district learned of the allegations in March.

Spokesperson Laureen Ricks said French, who had taught at the school for four years, resigned in May after the school district recommended his termination. The issue was then forwarded to the state.

French's wife, Alexandra, who teaches kindergarten at Venetia Elementary, was also arrested Thursday night on a misdemeanor charge of resisting officers without violence, Ricks noted.

"The district is also reviewing this matter and will make a discipline recommendation at the appropriate time," she said.

Senior Zach Fraker said he does not know the teacher well, but did have him as a club sponsor for Medical Honor Society. "He seemed like a really good, nice dude," said Fraker.

Fraker said he was shocked when he found out about the allegations back in March. "He doesn't seem like the type that would do it," he said.

WATCH: Student reacts to former teacher's arrest

Another student, who wished to remain unnamed, was not as surprised. "I just heard rumors last year," he said. 

Still, the student said that the allegations are scary. "That's not right," he said.

Anyone with additional information about this case or potential victims is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.


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