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Female teacher accused of raping girl, 17


Female teacher accused of raping girl, 17

RIVERTON, Utah — A Utah woman who taught and coached girls’ basketball at a high school is accused of raping a female student.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Courtney Louise Jarrell had sexual encounters with a 17-year-old girl who attends Riverton High School, where Jarrell taught math and coached the sophomore girls’ basketball team.

Jarrell was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with rape and forcible sexual abuse.

Court documents show prosecutors say the sexual activity happened at Jarrell’s house in February and May.

Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf says Jarrell resigned from the school Friday. She had been on administrative leave since the allegations arose a month ago.

Jarrell’s attorney told KSL-TV that she resigned to focus on her defense and will plead not guilty. She is due in court May 16.

Rape is a form of sexual assault that involves forced or nonconsensual sexual or oral intercourse with another person. In Arizona, rape is punishable by up to 28 years in prison, depending on the defendant’s prior criminal record. However, in extreme cases, rape may be punishable by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. You will need a Mesa rape attorney to help plead your case if you have been charged with rape in Arizona. Call Charlie Naegle with Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys at 480-245-5550 today for your free consultation.

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