Monday, October 13, 2014

Student says Teacher with benefits

A 34-year-old high school teacher in Utah has been charged with rape stemming from allegations that she had sex with a 17-year-old student. She was probably even married at the time of the incident and has children. The paper reports Altice’s husband filed for divorce last month. 

The boy told investigators that he had sex with Altice on three occasions between January and September of this year, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Court documents show Altice acknowledged having sex with the teen twice.

One of the teenage boys offered graphic details during his testimony at a preliminary hearing on Friday about how he went from being Brianne Altice's English student to allegedly having sex with her in his home.

The teen testified that he was 17 years old when a relationship with Altice took place between April and June of last year. He says it began with kissing between class periods and eventually led to intercourse.

Altice, who was arrested in October for the alleged incidents involving the first student, now faces nine felony counts in connection with the allegations involving two of her former students.

Judge John Morris ordered her on Friday to return to court on Oct. 9 to face three counts of r.a.p.e and one charge of forcible sodomy.

Altice has pleaded not guilty to all counts. Her attorney Ed Brass argued she did not use her position as a teacher to persuade the teen into having a s.e.xual relationship. He says she succumbed to the student's frequent flirting.

Under Utah law, a victim cannot consent to sex if the other person is in a position of special trust.

Altice was fired from Davis High School in February. She remains free on $10,000 bail.

Prosecutors say the teacher acknowledged to investigators that she had engaged in sex with the 16-year-old boy on two occasions. But Brass has asked the judge to not allow those statements at her trial, arguing that she was intimidated by the eight to 10 male officers who came to her home last October to interview her about the allegations. Brass argued that the officers would not let her care for children, call an attorney or use the restroom for nearly four hours as they questioned her.

"Her statements were coerced and involuntary and were taken in violation of her so-called Miranda rights," Brass wrote in court papers. "The evidence she provided was the product of that tainted statement."

Altice, whose husband filed for divorce and custody of their child in December, was hired by the Davis County School District in 2004. She is an English teacher at Davis High School in Kaysville.



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