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Union City Teacher Accused In Sex Case Gets Reduced Bail

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FREMONT (CBS SF) — A judge said Thursday that he will reduce bail from $1 million to $500,000 for a Union City teacher charged with molesting a 16-year-old female student, provided that the teacher meets three conditions, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said.

Peter Kolesnikov, 38, a teacher at James Logan High School, must turn in his passport, agree to stay away from minors unless supervised by another adult, and agree that any supervised contact will occur in a public place, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.

The conditions were outlined by Judge Dennis McLaughlin at a hearing in Alameda County Superior Court this morning, Drenick said.

Kolesnikov, who remains in custody, is scheduled to return to court in Fremont on Monday to enter a plea.

Kolesnikov is charged with 22 sex crimes, including 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.

Kolesnikov was arrested after officers served search warrants at his homes in San Francisco and Berkeley, Union City police Cmdr. Ben Horner said.

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 Horner.

The encounters allegedly occurred numerous times between March and November, he said.

Horner said investigators believe there may be additional victims and they recommend that parents speak to their children about Kolesnikov.

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