Date: May 27, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

School Dean of Discipline Arrested for Capital Sexual Battery

Polk County Sheriff's Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 44-year-old Karl Alan James, DOB 2/23/60, of 233 21st St SW in Winter Haven, today on a warrant for Capital Sexual Battery after their investigation revealed he had had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female juvenile, starting when she was 11 years old.

 According to the affidavit, the victim, who is now 25 years old, was friends with the James family during her youth. Starting at age 11, and ending around age 17, Karl James had a sexual relationship with her, and admitted to certain details during a controlled phone call placed last month.

James is currently the Dean of Discipline at the Donald E. Woods Center, 213 Lake Avenue in Dundee. He was taken into custody at 10:15 a.m. today without incident, and is being held in the Polk County Jail under no bond.


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