Brianne Altice, a 35 year old Utah teacher faces new claims that she sexually assaulted a 17 year old boy at the school that she used to teach at. The new accusations come on top of rape charges involving a 16 year old boy.
The new rape charges comes as Brianne Altice was initially set to appear in a trial in September on charges of three counts of rape and one of forcible sodomy. That trial has now been delayed after prosecutors laid a further charge of each, claiming the former Davis High School English teacher also slept with a 17-year-old.
The saltlaketribunal would tell that the 17-year-old told police that he had sexual intercourse and oral sex with the former teacher once between April and June of last year.
A court heard in June how the former teacher claimed she was the victim because the first boy ‘wore down her defenses’ while her lawyer’s request to throw out the charges were dismissed.
According to KSL, the charges show Altice held a position of ‘special trust’ with both minors.
Her lawyers claimed the 16-year-old admitted he set out to have sex with Brianne Altice and that it was therefore legally consensual. It is illegal in Utah for a teacher or anyone in a position of power to have sex with a person under 18.
‘She repeatedly refused and declined his advances until he ultimately broke down her resistance,’ defense lawyer Edward Brass claimed, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
‘The state failed to establish probable cause to believe that the intercourse that occurred was without consent.’
However at the time, Judge John R. Morris threw out the motion – saying that there was probably cause they try Altice, having initially set trial for September.
During initial investigations, a 16-year-old boy told investigators last November that he had had sex with Brianne Altice on three occasions in 2013, testifying to that fact at a preliminary hearing in February.
According to the Standard-Examiner the teen said in the preliminary hearing that he was upset because his family had moved to Utah from another state.
He said he was having problems and home and doing drugs and that he would skip class to hang out with Altice.
Soon a sexual relationship began after an initial encounter in a church parking lot, he said.
The teen was allegedly able to accurately describe the layout of Altice’s home to detectives as well as tattoos on her body.
Altice’s husband filed for divorce shortly after his wife’s arrest, with the divorce finalized in December.
Altice was originally arrested in October. Altice was believed to have had sex with a 16-year-old on many occasions, including at her South Weber home and at a park in addition to the church parking lot, a Davis County Jail report states.
Altice was only hired by the high school last August, but had previously worked for other schools in the district since 2004.
‘Anytime a story surfaces like this … I think it all causes us concern because these are members of the community that are held to a higher standard,’ district spokesman Chris Williams told Deseret News.
Altice is the fourth Utah teacher currently facing charges of sexually abusing children reports the UK’s dailymail.