Ex-Teacher at Uintah High School Suspected of Sexually Abusing At Least 1 Student
A former health teacher at Uintah High School has been charged with sexually abusing a student and police believe there may be other victims. 33-year-old Rodd Adamp Repsher faces six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old.
Police originally began investigating allegations of sexual abuse involving Repsher and a student in October of 2016, but no charges were initially filed because the student did not admit to any abuse when interviewed by police. However, Repsher was recently arrested after police received new information.
Another teacher told police that they found Repsher and the student alone in a classroom in a compromising position. That same teacher also told police that Repsher told him that “he had feelings for the teen and they were going away together after she graduated,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The school placed Repsher on leave the day of that incident and he was eventually fired.
In July of 2019, a former classmate of the 16-year-old student contacted the police and told them that her friend and Repsher were in a “relationship” in 2016 and that the two had engaged in sexual activity at Repsher’s home. Police then contacted the alleged victim who admitted that she and Repsher had sexual contact multiple times when she was 16 years old and Repsher was a teacher at Uintah High School.
The sheriff’s office released a statement that announced that the investigation is ongoing and that the original 2016 report mentioned multiple victims. Anyone with information related to this investigation has been asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 435-789-2511.
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Legal Recourse For Teacher Sex Abuse Victims & Their Families
When a teacher is arrested for sexually abusing a student, it’s important that the victim and their family is aware of their legal rights. Here is attorney Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com with some thoughts on this subject:
Our nation’s schools have a serious problem with sexual abuse. Throughout the country, there have been widespread reports of teachers sexually abusing their students. These sexual predators often seek out positions in schools and other workplaces where they’ll have frequent contact with children. School principals, superintendents, and other higher-ups must do everything they can to protect their students from these predators.
Criminal investigations of accused teachers are an important part of the justice process, but in some cases, the victims and their families may have grounds for further legal action in the form of a civil lawsuit. A school district can be held liable if it failed to protect students from sexual abuse due to negligence, such as ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior involving the accused teacher.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, consider contacting our experienced sex abuse victims lawyer to learn more about your family’s legal options.
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