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Former Riverton teacher involved in sexual relations with student is sentenced

A former Riverton High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student will not go to jail.
WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A former Riverton High school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student will not go to jail. Instead, 23 year old Courtney Jarrell was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Back in February Jarrell took a plea agreement making her felony charges a misdemeanor. In court Tuesday, the judge went back in forth with a decision to make Jarrell an example and put her behind bars.

"I lost my teaching license, that was something I worked really hard for and I've been punished throughout the whole year,” said Courtney Jarrell.

Wiping her tears away Jarrell, the former math teacher and basketball coach wept as she heard Judge Bruce Lubeck lean towards sending her to jail after she admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

The state prosecutors say based on the evidence presented in this case Jarrell did not target the student with the intent to have a sexual relationship. "What essentially happened here is that what you see is that this 22 year old teacher just a few months into her teaching career forgot she was the teacher forgot she was the coach in this situation and not one of the students anymore,” said the prosecuting attorney.

In court it was said Jarrell fell in love with the student and that the sexual relations that took place was consensual and that the victim, the victims family, the state prosecutors and Jarrell’s defense did not recommend jail time.

"I don't suspect that most teachers are out there wondering can I get away with this,” said Judge Bruce Lubeck. He went on to say "I’ll suspend jail time and place you on probation with the court for 18 months.”

Jarrell must also pay a $900 fine and serve 100 hours of community service beginning in May and remain a law abiding.


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