A 35-year-old former teacher cried during court proceedings as she pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from alleged sexual encounters with three different male students.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Brianne Altice was charged with 14 felony charges, including, “five counts of first-degree felony rape, two counts of first-degree felony forcible sodomy, three counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse, along with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of dealing harmful material to a minor, all third-degree felonies.”
Reports say that Altice, a former high school English teacher in Utah, had sexual encounters with three students multiple times. Last week, one of the victims said that he even had sex with Altice at least three times after she was already free on bail in connection to other previously filed charges.
Now, Altice is being held without bail, as Deputy Davis County Attorney Susan Hunt previously argued that she shouldn’t have bail set because of “her willingness to continue to commit felony sexual offenses while on bail.”
Strangely, one of the teacher’s former students and alleged victims testified against her, although he made clear that he was “not happy” about doing so.
“It’s ridiculous,” the victim said. “She doesn’t deserve to be here.”
The victim, who is now 18, allegedly had sex with Altice once prior to her initial arrest in October 2013 and three times after she was set free on bail after December 2013.
This past summer, a second victim came forward alleging that he, too, had a sexual relationship with the former teacher when he was just 17.
Despite the claims against her, Altice maintains that she never had sex with any of the alleged victims.
“It is her defense that they did not happen at all,” Altice’s attorney, Edward Brass, said. “That she never engaged in any inappropriate contact with either of her students.”
Prosecutors say that Altice told investigators that she did, in fact, have sex with a 16-year-old boy on two different occasions after her initial arrest, but Brass argues that the officers coerced the confession out of her, saying that she felt “intimidated”.
“Her statements were coerced and involuntary and were taken in violation of her so-called Miranda rights,” Brass argued in court papers. “The evidence she provided was the product of that tainted statement.”
Altice could face life in prison if convicted. So far, no trial date has been scheduled.