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Former Cape teacher sentenced to prison for sexual activity with student

By Staff | Feb 18, 2019

A former basketball coach and teacher at Mariner High School has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for having sex with a student.

James Harris, 43, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of sexual activity with a child with an enhancement to the charge of “being in a position of custodial authority.”

His sentence will be followed by four years of sex offender probation. Harris was also designated as a sexual predator.

“The plea agreement reached with the defendant and the State alleviates the juvenile victim from having to go through a trial and testify,” a release from the State Attorney’s Office states”

Special Victims Unit Assistant State Attorney Michael Colombo Jr. prosecuted the case.

Source: State Attorney’s Office, Twentieth Judicial Circuit