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Former Logan Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Having Sex With Student

Police arrested Peter Kolesnikov Thursday without incident.

A former  teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a student, police said.

Peter Kolesnikov, 38, faces 22 counts of sexual assault, including charges of statutory rape, oral copulation of a minor and communicating with a minor with criminal intent, according to Cmdr. Ben Horner of the .

Authorities said Kolesnikov was arrested without incident by Union City police while on his way to meet with the juvenile victim at an undisclosed location in Hayward.

Police received information on Tuesday morning alleging that Kolesnikov, an English teacher who also taught art classes, had engaged in sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl over a nine-month period, starting last year in March and ending in November. Investigators then served search warrants at Kolesnikov’s residences in San Francisco and Berkeley.

According to the , Kolesnikov has been on leave since the beginning of the school year and has not worked for the district since last June. The leave of absence is unrelated to the case, police said.

The victim, now 17, told police the relationship began with kissing and grew into sexual encounters in private homes and motels in Alameda County.

Kolesnikov is being held at Santa Rita Jail on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont Hall of Justice.

Authorities in Union City have worked with the New Haven Unified School District to ensure the safety of all students in the district, Horner said. 

Police believe that there may be additional victims and are urging parents to speak to their children about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Union City Police Department’s Press Information Officer Ben Horner at 510-675-5225. Anonymous tips may also be made by calling 510-675-5207 or emailing tips@unioncity.org.

Kolsenikov is the third Bay Area teacher arrested in a sex scandal this week.

On Wednesday in Livermore, . On Tuesday in San Jose, 35-year-old Whaley Elementary School teacher Craig Chandler was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student.

With word of Kolesnikov's arrest spreading rapidly Friday, former students have taken to social media to voice their support for the former Logan teacher, whom many refer to as "Mr. K."

"That was my teacher! No way he would do that. Best teacher I had," one former student wrote on Twitter.

Another student, however, wrote that Kolesnikov "was always talkin bout sex" in art class. "He was the coolest teacher ever though!," the student added.

According to a Wikipedia article about sexual abuse in the American education system, harrassment is "common and six in 10 students will suffer some form of physical sexual abuse." Based on a 2002 American Association of University Women study, of those who are abused, 38 percent were abused by teachers.

A child trauma institute estimates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually abused during childhood.

Effects of the abuse include: 

"Students experience a wide range of effects from sexual harassment that impact their academics including: have trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, decreased participation in class, avoid a study group, think about changing schools, change schools, avoid the library, change major, not going to a professor/ teaching assistant’s office hours. Students may experience multiple effects or just one..."

If you need help or know someone who may be the victim of sexual abuse, contact the Alameda County Family Justice Center, which lists a number of East Bay resources on this webpage or click the PDF attached to this article. You can also get information from the Alameda County Child Abuse Prevention Council or call their hotline at 510-259-1800.


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Anonomouse Incogneeto January 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Stop referring to this girl as a "VICTIM". Honestly, if it's been going on for 6-9 months then she OBVIOUSLY wanted in on it. She is NOT a victim. He didn't force her into doing something she didn't want to do, she consented. The age barrier is what makes this wrong, and IF Mr. K did indeed do this, HE should've known better. But let's not act like this girl is an "angel". As a parent you need to slap yourself and wake up: your teenaged daughters are not all angels, and your teenaged sons are not all sweet. I am NOT saying (pending whether it is true or not) that what happened was not wrongful, however, I am saying that it is my opinion that this girl isn't such a "victim". They both should have known better. Compare this to the R. Kelly trial with the minor he was associated with in his trial. It's almost the same thing, just a different context. Just my opinion. Be with it or not, it doesn't matter to me.
Anonomouse Incogneeto January 14, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Agreed!
Anonymous January 14, 2012 at 06:36 PM
This parcel tax means a lot to us as students that participate in extra curricular activities. Just because a few students and teachers have been involved in relationships does not mean that the the rest of us should be affected by it. The parcel tax will help us afford sports, forensics, color guard and band. By people not voting for the parcel tax will lead us to not participating causing a huge negative impact on our lives. As far as Mr. K and the girl, they both should have known better and they will both have to face consequences.
Tim January 14, 2012 at 07:10 PM
The parcel tax failed last year with no opposition. This time we have an opposition and we will be sending out our argument against to the voters. The parcel tax is dead on arrival and will go down in defeat yet again. Perhaps the district should have saved that 225,000 dollars and spent it on the students rather than pissing it away trying to screw the taxpayers.
Tim January 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Sorry but I feel I pay enough in taxes already. I already have over $800 in flat assessments on my property tax bill IN ADDITION to the actual fair, progressive tax percentage on my bill. So, no you bald headed rat, I don't support additional taxes and feel this state needs to get it's financial house in order and properly fund K-12 education as it's supposed to and make cuts elsewhere.
Mona Taplin January 14, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I agree with anonymous. I don't live in that city but I still believe that the students are goiung to be the ones to suffer if the parcel tax fails and from what little we know now it's obvious that both Mr. K, and the young lady are at fault.
Jimmy January 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The only thing dead on arrival is your argument... The parcel tax is to benefit the students at James Logan. Just because the district made a mistake doesn't mean that the students should be the ones paying the consequences. Students aren't pushing to get a parcel tax for the district offices, but to keep their extracurricular activities running. I understand that it's not an obligation of the people to pay for the district's mistakes, but we students are asking for help from our community to support our programs. I don't understand why your opposition to the parcel tax is so extreme, acting as if it is being used to pay city officials' salaries.
Tim January 14, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Im sorry you've been brainwashed by the school, but when u grow up and own a home you'll understand. I wouldn't mind paying a little more if there were any concession or give back from the teachers and administrators but there isn't. These people have bloated salaries and still will get step and column raises while we, the taxpayers are told we need to pay more. The fact that the district can't accept the results of the parcel tax defeat from last year and the fact that they'd rather spend 225,000 for another may election rather than a mere 20,000 to put it on the june primary shows there carelessness and gross mismanagement of their funds. It failed before and its going to fail again by an even larger margin.
Jamie January 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Wow this is unbelievable! To think one of my favorite teachers in Logan would do something like that! I really enjoyed being in Mr. K classes too and he encouraged us to be ourselves and do whatever we believe in.
Marty January 15, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Why are these kids agreeable? I thought the main reason for teaching "sex" education in schools was to provide kids with "right" and "wrong" and "if you are going to do it anyway" protection is available and being handed out in the schools. So, the schools are encouraging sexual behavior, then this happens, where no boundaries are being taught. That is what is missing. There are boundaries, and these teachers are "sick, perverted, and disgusting." They should all lose their jobs.
Marty January 15, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Teenagers are being tried as "Adults" for committing crimes. I think that some of these students should also be tried as Adults and be charged for inappropriate sexual behavior with a teacher. Once this starts to happen, the incident rate will diminish. Once these kids learn that they too can go to jail, if caught....the idea won't seem so appealing. Especially because they would have to register as sex offenders as well. Students have the same responsibility to being role models for other students. Are they in Band, Cheerleaders? work in the office? they may not get to graduate with their class, etc., impose some hard rules.
Arlen January 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Not to bump what you think but your thoughts is wrong. If the parcel tax doesn't pass, leaving the kids with nothing to do, what do you think will happen? Most kids go to school for their extra-curricular sports or activities. So if the kids don't have those activities anymore they won't go to school because they have no reason which then leads to more drop outs in high school. If there are no extra-curricular activities kids will try to find something to do and most kids wont find something good to do( they might join a gang, start smoking everything there is to smoke) kids would do anything to past the time. If you pay your tax and pass the parcel then you help kids stay in school and active. You keep kids out of the streets and in the school. If you passed that tax you would be helping raise those premature who become our doctors, lawyers, fitness instructors, construction workers, architects, nurses, tax collectors, physical trainers, and psychologist. But these kids can't become all these needed workers if they aren't in school.
Phuong Hoang January 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I've never had mr k as a teacher but I've gone into his classroom many times and he would always joke around and make people laugh. There was never any sexual tension between anyone.
Tim January 15, 2012 at 06:38 PM
So let me get this straight... unless the Union City homeowners, who are not in the 1% evil rich but are struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes cough up even more money for this grossly mismanaged school district the students will refuse to go to school and be out in the community committing felonies? We heard this argument last year and all it did was piss people off and hurt your cause. Furthermore, they threatened to cancel your EXTRA-curricular activities last time without a parcel tax and yet they found the money anyway in the end. They can find the money again when it fails this time. It's just a ploy to scare the community into voting yes, and it's a losing argument. Students that only go to school for these extra-curricular programs aren't becoming doctors and lawyers.... no, students who excel and go on to good colleges and universities do so because they are hardworking and self-motivated. I want THESE students to have access to these programs but THESE students won't be out committing felonies without them.
Tim January 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Example... they can take the $225,000 that they are spending to sneak this new parcel tax past us and simply use that to fund your after school programs. It would be more than enough money.... but no, they don't care about the students programs, they care about saving their own administrations overly generous, bloated salary and benefits packages.
Hank Hill January 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM
the point is to create sustainability. Creating a tax would create a stable sustainable way of having money for these programs, instead of trying to "find" money every year. I understand your plight, of paying property tax but thats the point of democracy... people complain about big government, but then complain that the government doesnt do enough. if you dont like these taxes, you can go move somewhere else. these policies arent necessarily bad, its the people we vote for to run it. tim... does you son or daughter, or relative go to james logan? or ever have gone? and if you don't see a correlation between youth crime and education, then obviously you don't know much about education in the first place. Go look at Oakland Unified School District. I have seen kids who have so much potential, become felons because there are no sustainable programs. No one wants to invest in our youth, then we blame the youth for getting into trouble.
Hank Hill January 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Instead of punishing the youth for adults' mismanagement, go after those who are mismanaging the funds. But no, instead you sit there behind the computer ranting your rhetoric about not wanting to pay taxes. democracy means work. we all have to work to make this community thrive. and make EVERY student college bound and prepared, not just some. so instead of hating on taxes, and talking bad about them, go talk bad about the union city mayors office. and the administration. for keeping their pockets fat. we all suffer from the irresponsibility. if we voted capable people in the first place, we never would have had to come to this tax. so really, blame yourself for not voting for better people.
Tim January 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
No, I don't have to move. As you said, this is a democracy and if I don't like it I have a right to campaign against it and vote NO.... unless you are really saying it should be an iron-fisted autocracy and I should have no choice but to move?
Timothy Swenson January 16, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Hank, You said that the purpose of the parcel tax "is to create sustainability." Something sustainable is something that does not deplete or run out. The last parcel tax (Measure B) was only a 4 year tax. Meaning that in 4 years, it would end and another parcel tax would have to be voted on. So I don't think you are correct when you say "a tax would create a stable sustainable way of having money for these programs."
Zolla January 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Are they trying to pass another parcel tax after there losing attempt last year ?
TruthOverDare January 17, 2012 at 08:45 AM
New Haven Unified School Dist. Kolesnikov, Peter High School Teacher James Logan HS salary $82,178 pension $6,805 benefits $3,777 total cost to taxpayers $92,760 No other victims coming forward because he is considered "cool"........shameful.
Zolla January 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I haven't in a while, but I see you all have been very busy on there. What can I help you with.
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gato pelon January 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Tim, Move to Irvine like you promised last year! I just don't think Irvine in SoCal would be your kind of place. You should move to Irvine Texas. Irvine Texas would meet ALL you wants. You could carry your gun around, so you could feel safe. Others would feel safe around you and your big gun. Just think you could carry a loaded weapon. Bang, bang! You could take part in Texas executions. They've had 30 in the last two years. Bet you'de enjoy that! The more I think about, the more I think that would be a great move for you. You have the perfect demander and personality for Texas. You wouldn't have to worry about all the sky high taxes you pay! And you would close to your personality match you're pal and favorite candidate Rick Perry Signed THE BALD HEADED RAT!
gato pelon January 17, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Just think with your move to Texas, you wouldn't have to pay all these administrators overly generous, bloated salary and benefits packages. You should move before your asked for another tax increase for the overly generous, bloated salary and benefits of the local Police and Firefighters. Because that's is coming next. I'm sure you wouldn't be happy with that, so make the move to Irvine Texas now! THE BALD HEADED RAT
Brash Brazen January 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
When the city takes it upon themselves to defy state law & ban cannabis dispensaries the conservative moral crusaders applaud them,although it doesn't prevent one person from smoking it in Union City. When a majority of voters raise the taxes on everyone at the ballot box these hypocrites are outraged & rile against the system. While being illegal has never been a deterent to marijuana use try not paying your property taxes & see what happens ! When you get all your information from FOX News & Rush Limbaugh you have trouble discerning fact from fiction. If you haters invested as much money in our children's futures as you spend time maligning our public schools Union City would be a happier place for everyone to live ! I suggest you all move to a more conservative state where your vote could swing an electoral vote Romney's way. Because this is a blue state & Obama will win by double digits here no matter how much the Republicans spend. Just ask Meg Whitman who spent $160 million losing to Jerry "Governor Moonbeam" Brown. Now there's a pain that's going to linger for a longtime,that must have been disheartening for the Republican base.
Tim January 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Or I could stay here and annoy liberals like yourself. Apparently there were enough of us last May to stifle your last attempt at a new tax. I think it just shows your frustration that there is a conservative resistance of any kind. I have no desire to move to Texas. I grew up in New York where it's even more liberal than here... so I have no problem dealing with you nut cases.
Tim January 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Is every one of your posts about your right to have weed at cheap price? I watch Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh and I'm all for legalizing marijuana. The problem is when you get all your news from the fist pounding nut jobs on MSLSD that you start to lose your sense of reality (it is a psychedelic drug afterall). So what if Obama wins by double digits in CA? How does CA's 55 electoral votes win him the election? I have a better idea... why doesn't CA just fall off into the ocean or secede from the USA and become the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia. Obama will win CA (and not by double digits) but he will lose where it counts in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, etc). And FYI, take a look at the 2000 or 2004 election maps by COUNTY and you will see other than the Bay Area and LA and a sliver of the coastline, CA is actually quite red, especially once you cross the "Orange Curtain"
Tim January 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
No, ":disheartening" is when your party loses 65 US House Seats and 680 state legislative seats (and is about to lose the US Senate and White House).... THAT is disheartening.

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