The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a teacher and soccer coach at Faith Academy private school was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Jonathan Daniel Sauers is charged with a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under 19 and a school employee engaging in sexual contact with a student under 19.

Investigators said the 16-year-old student’s parents reported her missing Monday night after she didn’t return home from a trip to Walmart. Her vehicle was found at Walmart, but there was no sign of the girl. She eventually returned to her car after an hour and a half.

The MCSO believes Sauer picked the student up at Walmart and drove her to a nearby location where they engaged in sexual contact. When they questioned the girl, she admitted to having a sexual relationship with the teacher. Investigators believe the two have been in an inappropriate relationship for several months.

Sauer was arrested on campus. He was later booked into the Mobile County Jail.

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