Married Utah Teacher Now Accused of Molesting More Teens
Married Utah school teacher Brianne Altice had already been in trouble for having sexual relations with one of her male teen students, but just as her trial was set to begin, charges that she molested another student were leveled against her.
Altice, 35, an English teacher at a high school in Kaysville, Utah, had been arrested last October for molesting a teen who was once her student. A jury trial was set for September, but that was canceled when prosecutors filed amended charges accusing her of several more counts connected with the molestation of a second student.
On July 2, prosecutors added three more first-degree felonies after a young man, who was 17 in 2013, said he also had a sexual relationship with Altice. This case was then added to the original case of a 16-year-old who claimed a sexual relationship with the teacher in 2013.
Altice now faces four counts of rape and two counts of forcible sodomy.
This second case came to light after the boy bragged to friends that he had a relationship with the teacher who was in the news. A teen girl heard the story and mentioned it to her grandmother. The grandmother then called authorities, and an investigation into the charges was launched. The girl now claims she's been bullied for telling her grandmother about the incident.
Altice had some charges of her own to file. The former teacher's attorney claims that she was mistreated by police and prosecutors when they served her with the new charges at her home.
Her lawyers say that during the time Altice was questioned in her home, officers "refused to allow her to tend to her children and insisted that she speak to them or she would be deemed uncooperative."
She also claims she was denied access to her phones and not allowed to call her lawyers.
Altice "was terrified by the sheer number of officers and the fact there were no female officers," her lawyer, Ed Brass, said. These charges were made in a motion to throw out the statements that Brass filed on June 30.
"Her statements were coerced and involuntary and were taken in violation of her so-called Miranda rights," Brass wrote in the filing.
The teacher's husband filed for divorce as soon as the original charges were filed.
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