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Former Davis County teacher sentenced to 20 years

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A former Davis County high school teacher is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- A former Davis County high school teacher is sentenced to 20 years in prison. Stephen Niedzwiecki pleaded guilty to having sex with one of his former students, who was just 15 at the time. Now his victim says justice has been served.

“I fear I will never be able to have a healthy relationship, I fear that I will see Mr. Neidzwiecki's face will be the face on my wedding night a night that is supposed to be so intimate and secret. I fear that despite court orders he will find ways to hurt me again,” said Jamie Heiner, the victim.

18-year-old Heiner isn't afraid to speak up. In fact she's already advocating for other sex abuse victims. Thursday in court she asked the judge to protect her and others and give Niedzwiecki the maximum sentence because she knows he will act again.

"Your honor I spent almost every day with this man for a year and a half. He shared his deepest secrets with me his motivations and manipulations and its for these reasons I believe in my heart he will create this crime again,” said Heiner.

Thursday Niedzwiecki addressed the courtroom taking full responsibility for his actions apologizing to Jamie and her family. However, the state and the judge showed no mercy to Niedzwiecki saying although he takes responsibility for his actions and being the adult he continues to shift the blame back the victim and her parents, a serious character flaw that needs rehabilitation behind bars.

“The court denies the defendant the privilege of probation and orders the 4 sentences of the 0 to 5 years at the Utah State Prison previously imposed to be served consecutively to each other,” said Judge Michael G. Allphin.

Cuffed right then and there Niedzwiecki was taken to the Utah State Prison to began his sentence and the Heiner family say they feel justice is served.

“We were guilty of not protecting our daughter but he did not come into our home with pedophile across his forehead or a sign saying we intend to molest your daughter,” said Susan Heiner.

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