GHS teacher jailed in sex case
Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 9:42 a.m.
Gainesville Police arrested a Gainesville High School teacher and coach Wednesday, accused of unlawful sexual acts with a minor, the law enforcement agency reported.
Officers took Kenneth T. Alaimo, 25, to the Alachua County jail on Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed.
Alaimo is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old GHS student, who met him in March, according to police.
The two met at Alaimo's southwest Gainesville home on different occasions between April and September, police reported. The girl kept a journal listing dates when she had sexual contact with Alaimo.
The girl was interviewed Tuesday at the Child Advocacy Center after a parent learned about the alleged relationship, according to police. Officers contacted Alaimo at school Wednesday and asked him to come speak with them at the police station, said police spokeswoman Officer Summer Hallett.
The Alachua County school district confirmed that Alaimo is in his third year of teaching at the high school and teaches 11th-grade American history.
Alaimo is also head coach of the school's varsity boys soccer team. He had taken over for Jeremy Witt, who stepped down early last month, the school's athletic director reported in September.
Alaimo was placed on administrative leave with pay Wednesday as an internal investigation was launched, said school district spokeswoman Jackie Johnson.
The district reported Alaimo has a "clean record" and no history of complaints. Police also were unaware of any prior criminal history for Alaimo, Hallett said.
Alaimo is also involved in a boys soccer program outside the school, Hallett said.
Asked about how the girl met Alaimo, Hallett said they had met through the athletic program at GHS.
No bond had been set for Alaimo's release from jail, pending a first appearance hearing in court today.
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