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The St. Louis County prosecutor has charged a Sperreng Middle School teacher for a sex crime dating back 16 years.

James Bliss Wilder III, is charged with six counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree. The charges stem from an alleged relationship Wilder had with a 16-year-old student in 1996.

Parents and students first knew something was up Tuesday afternoon when a veteran teacher and coach was arrested here at the school by St. Louis County Police. Now they know why.