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Judge Denies End of Sex-Offender Probation For Ex-Matanzas Teacher Who Had Sex With Student

| February 13, 2019

James Wolfe.

James Wolfe.

Flagler County Circuit Court Terence Perkins this week denied ex-Matanzas High School teacher James Wolfe’s request for an early termination of his probation.

Wolfe, a resident of Flagler Beach at the time, was found guilty in April 2014 of engaging in unlawful sex with a minor–one of his students, who was 16 at the time, and whom he was coaching in cross-country. The incidents took place between 2011 and 2012, when Wolfe was 30. He is now 37 and living at 890 East Aiken Street in St. Augustine. He avoided prison in a plea deal.

Wolfe was placed on community control (that is, home confinement outside of work hours) for two years and on probation for five years. Probation is not to end until 2021, though he has been branded a sex offender for life, prohibiting any unsupervised contact with children under 18 or employment anywhere children gather, including malls, schools and theme parks.  Wolfe took up work as a freelance writer.

He sought to have a ban  on internet use lifted (such bans are routine for sex offenders, pending the completion of treatment programs and risk assessments). Circuit Judge J. David Walsh denied the request. Two months later, Wolfe sought to have his ankle monitor removed. Walsh approved. But a year later, Wolfe sought to end his house arrest, which carried stiff restrictions on his mobility and rigorous reporting requirements, including a daily log accounting for his activities each hour. He wanted to hunt for work. The state argued that Wolfe’s sentence had been a “downward departure,” meaning that it had been less than the recommended minimum penalty, and that the plea agreement included no mention of an early termination of community control, “but states that the probation can be evaluated at the halfway point.”

The judge denied early termination.

A few months ago his attorney filed a motion for early termination of probation, arguing that Wolfe completed  all conditions, paid all fines and is current on his costs of supervision (which a probationer must assume himself). His probation officer, Wolfe’s attorney argued, has no objection to ending probation. Defendants often motion to end their termination at the half-way point, and often prevail. But it’s still a judge’s discretion. Perkins denied the motion on Monday.


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7 Responses for “Judge Denies End of Sex-Offender Probation For Ex-Matanzas Teacher Who Had Sex With Student”

  1. Brian says:

    This guy should be on probation for life!

  2. Agkistrodon says:

    Seems Wolfe needs sympathy. He can find it in the dictionary between “sh!T” and “Syphilis”.

  3. Grateful Dad says:

    This guy is a total scum bag who negatively affected young lives. He should have been handed down a much more severe sentence. Additionally, the faculty at MHS who knowingly protected this POS should have been held accountable. Such a shame and disgrace, we need to do more to protect these kids from predators and harsher punishments are necessary. Flaglerlive reported when he was arrested but the light sentence and details of the plea were never mentioned. I am curious to know why.

  4. lenamarshall says:

    No he should not. we have more scum in FC walking around the streets. This is a classic case of his little head got in the way of his big head. Typical man.

  5. Concerned Citizen says:

    Suck it up Mr. Wolfe.

    You deserved to go to prison. Unfortunately you weaseled your way out of it somehow and got stuck with probation and house arrest. And you want the community to feel sorry for you because you’re inconvenienced?

    There needs to be much stricter sentencing for these crimes. Also if MHS staff were protecting this nasty perv then they should have been held accountable as well.

    I’ll save my sympathy for the 16 year old victim who’s life you ruined.

  6. Partout says:

    All this for an inappropriate relationship with a willing person over the age of consent in most states and certainly old enough to be treated as an adult in any state for pretty much everything.

    Yes, letting such a “dangerous” person out of the clutches of the system certainly endangers someone’s paycheck.

    Abolish this stupid registry! Fortunately there is no shortage of close to one million individuals on it, and their family members – in Florida and beyond – who say enough!

  7. Agkistrodon says:

    Partout, “abolish the stupid Registry”, Restore Felons voting,…here’s a novel concept, lets suspend all laws, and close all prisons and jails as well. Who needs em, right? You sound like an absolute fool. Perhaps if you had a MINOR daughter that was taken advantage of by an ADULT, you would feel differently. Spare me your sympathy for those affected by the CRIMES they CHOSE to commit.

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