Teacher accused of affair with student

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By Mike Wright

Mark Teter, 51, of Lecanto, is charged with sexual conduct for an alleged affair he and a student had during her senior year at Crystal River High School.

Teter, who taught English and Advanced Placement language at CRHS during his 15 years in Citrus County, resigned in August as school district authorities questioned him about the allegations.

He was arrested May 9 in Savannah, Ga., on a Citrus County warrant, then transferred back to Citrus County and formally charged Saturday with two counts of sexual battery on a person under 18. Bond is set at $10,000.

Reports said the affair occurred in 2009 as the girl was 17 and in her senior year of high school.

Sheriff’s officials became involved in July 2012 when two former CRHS students met with a detective to say they knew of a friend who three years earlier had an affair with a teacher, reports show.

Detectives learned the former student’s identity and questioned her with her attorney present. While admitting to the affair, the woman said she wasn’t sure she wanted to prosecute, according to Citrus County School District records.

Reports show that a detective repeatedly pressed the woman and her attorney to decide whether to prosecute, as the 2012 school year was about to begin and he would be telling school district officials of the allegations.

District human resources director Jonny Bishop said upon learning of the allegations on Aug. 7, he immediately removed Teter from the classroom and placed him on administrative reassignment.

Teter resigned Aug. 20 after telling district officials that his affair with the student didn’t begin until after she graduated from high school. He said it ended in September 2009.

Teter denied any inappropriate behavior with students.

District officials interviewed three former CRHS students who said the girl told them she had an ongoing relationship with Teter during her senior year.

Reports said Teter’s wife learned of the affair and confronted both of them. She told the girl to stay away from their house and to not tell anyone about the affair.

Bishop said the district has informed the Department of Education about the allegations against Teter.

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com.