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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A former assistant principal at McCluer North High School who police say was involved with a student has been charged with rape and sodomy. 

Walter Collie, 47, of the 800 block of Keeneland in unincorporated St. Louis County was charged Thursday with statutory second-degree rape and statutory second-degree sodomy. He is being held at the St. Louis County jail with bail set at $100,000. 

Collie was an assistant principal at McCluer North while he was "romantically involved" with a student between January and February, police said. Police did not release further details. 

"The Florissant Police department is asking anyone who thinks they may be a victim to contact the Florissant Police department at 314-831-7000," a release from the department said. "We are committed to working with our School Districts in order to keep our schools a safe and secure learning environment."

Collie had been working at McCluer North for a little more than a year, said Kevin Hampton, the district's executive director of communications and marketing. He said Collie came to McCluer North from another school district. 

In a letter to McCluer North parents Friday, the district said Collie resigned from his post in February. Administrators did not know about the charges against him until late Thursday afternoon. 

"The District has just learned that Walter Collie has been charged with statutory sodomy and statutory rape, and we are surprised, shocked and deeply disappointed," the letter said. "Our highest priority is the safety of our students, and we are concerned for the welfare of this child. We were unaware of these allegations at the time Dr. Collie resigned."

"Any time we become aware of a situation that involves the welfare of a child, staff or the district we report to the appropriate authorities.  I understand you still may have unanswered questions regarding Dr. Collie and these charges. If additional information becomes available that we can share, we will update you."

Reporter covering breaking news and crime by night. Born in Algeria but grew up in St. Louis. Previously reported for The Associated Press in Jackson, Mississippi and at the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kansas.