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Court tosses lawsuit over married Utah teacher serving 30 years for sex affairs with 3 teen boys

December 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Court tosses lawsuit over married Utah teacher serving 30 years for sex affairs with 3 teen boys

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A suit filed against a school district in Utah over former teacher Brianne Altice, who sentenced to 30 years behind bars for sleeping with three male students, was thrown out by the Utah Court of Appeals.

The 38-year-old mother of two was a teacher at Davis High School. She was 30 years behind bars in 2015.

A male victim filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging that it had been careless in hiring, supervising, keeping the teacher employed, according to Fox News.

The plaintiff claimed that he was 16 when “one of his teachers (Teacher) initiated a relationship,” Judge Ryan M. Harris of the Utah Court of Appeals described in a ruling.

Altice testifying during her trial in 2015 (Fox 13)

The plaintiff said “at the time it hired Teacher, the District knew or should have known, that Teacher ‘had been terminated from former employment due to sexual misconduct.’”

The district contended that it was legally guarded against any injuries that might have been caused by Brianne Altice, and the appeals court agreed with that case on Friday, supporting a lower court’s ruling.

“It might seem counterintuitive that our law provides no remedy against a district that negligently hired and retained a teacher who has sexual contact with her students,” Harris said. “But this conclusion is compelled by [the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah] and by Utah Supreme Court precedent.”

At a parole hearing in January, the teacher said: “I lost sight of all my values and principles and was seeking inappropriate means to address my issues,” Fox 13 indicated. She was rejected parole. A parole rehearing has been scheduled for April 2019.

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