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* Peter Kolesnikov, James Logan High School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Sexual Assault of Student

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A Union City school teacher pleaded not guilty today to 22 felony counts stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female student. Peter Kolesnikov, 38, a teacher at James Logan High School, is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on May 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Kolesnikov is free on $500,000 bail. He has turned in his passport and also has agreed to stay away from minors unless supervised by another adult and that any supervised contact will occur in a public place.  The charges against Kolesnikov include statutory rape, oral copulation of a minor and communicating with a minor with criminal intent.

He also is charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Union City police said they received information on Jan. 10 that Kolesnikov had allegedly engaged in sexual relations with the student, and arrested him in Hayward two days later. Police said that at the time of his arrest, he was on his way to have another encounter with the girl.

The student, who is now 17, told police that the relationship began with kissing and eventually led to sexual encounters in private homes and motels in Alameda County, according to Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner.  The encounters allegedly occurred numerous times between March and November, Horner said.

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