Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Davis High teacher charged in sexual abuse of student to stand trial

By Whitney Evans, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Feb. 19 7:10 p.m. MST

 Davis High teacher Brianne Altice, 34, was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a student.

Davis High teacher Brianne Altice, 34, was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a student.

(Davis County Jail)

FARMINGTON — Brianne Land Altice shook her head slightly as a defense attorney repeated a timeline of when the 17-year-old witness on the stand said he had sexual intercourse with his teacher.

Altice's now-former student at Davis High School testified Wednesday that between March and June 2013, when he was between 16 and 17 years old, he and Altice had sexual intercourse four times, the final occasion being on his birthday.

Altice, 34, was charged with three counts of rape, a first-degree felony. A count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, was added to the charges after Wednesday's preliminary hearing.

Second District Judge John R. Morris decided he had heard enough evidence to order Altice to stand trial on the charges.

“Her life’s ruined,” defense attorney Ed Brass said after the hearing.

The charges have affected Altice's ability to parent her two children and have prevented her from teaching, Brass said.

Altice was placed on administrative leave by the Davis School District in October pending the outcome of an investigation.

Altice's husband filed for divorce in November, according to court records.

The teen began attending Altice’s English class during the second semester of the 2012-13 school year, after he moved to Utah from Arizona, he testified.

He said he told Altice four to five times per day that she looked pretty and began “pushing it” from there.

He began skipping classes to attend hers, and he would lie to his parents and other teachers about why he was absent. School administrators never intervened, he said.

He left notes in her desk, he testified.

“When would I get that kiss?” or “If I was 18, would you date me?” the notes read.

She laughed it off or would tell him "no," but he never perceived a negative reaction from her, he testified.

“He was persistent in his flirtations with her,” Davis County sheriff’s detective John Olsen testified.

Eventually her “nos” turned into “maybes,” the young man said.

The two confided in each other about their days, he said. The teen talked about how he hated Utah, and she told him about her vacations and how she and her husband did not get along, he testified.

The teen said he kissed Altice once in her classroom during a free class period.

Over time, the two met often in a nearby church parking lot to kiss.

In mid-March, their kissing escalated to sexual intercourse in Altice’s car, he testified.

Near the end of March, they met in another parking lot, where Altice picked him up. They drove to her house in South Weber where the two had sex, he testified.

This happened two more times, he said, after school while Altice's husband was out of town.

The young man said he stopped turning in assignments around the end of January. He had failing or low grades in every class but Altice’s.

He initially felt proud about his relationship with Altice, he said, but that turned into “guilt and shame.”

Altice is due in court for an arraignment on Feb. 27.

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1. U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT,
Feb. 19, 2014

Her attorney has one thing right "Her Life 's ruined".......She has to own it, no one else to blame.

2. LovelyDeseret
Gilbert, AZ,
Feb. 20, 2014

This is an interesting commentary in modern relationships.

On the one hand we live in a male dominated society where men are to pursue and be in charge of relationships. This is the one relationship where a male can pursue and be in charge of the relationship yet the female is in a position of authority over said male.

The female teacher should have reported the boy for sexual harassment on day one. Sexually pursuing a teacher should have some ramifications but not as much as a teacher sexually engaging a student.

3. volt
logan , UT,
Feb. 20, 2014

Lets see, A guy has sex with his baby sitter, shoots her full of meth and heroine, lies to police and mom for months, cut up a body and put in garbage bags with the help of his wife they dispose of the body in the woods. They are charged with first degree felonies. A young school teacher has consentual sex with a 17 year old male. She is charged with the same felony charge. Really? what is wrong with our legal system. Yet in Logan a 17 year old is caught having sex with his college professor up the canyon. He gets a class B misdemeanor and the teen who instigated it all gets nothing. Its time to change our laws or our prisons are going to be full.

4. dtday2003
Lithia, FL,
Feb. 20, 2014

She is not the first pretty teacher to be pursued by a student. It was her responsibility to put an end to the flirtation at the beginning. It's too bad it went as far as it did. Yes, her life is ruined. She is most likely going to jail and will be dubbed a sexual predator for the rest of her life. Her children will be raised by her ex-husband and (probably) his new wife, and they will always know why mom and dad divorced. You can choose your behavior. You are not free from the consequences of those choices.

5. ConradGurch
Salt Lake City, Utah,
Feb. 20, 2014

What ever happens to the kids? Nothing! The kids know exactly what they are doing! Everyone wants to blame the teacher. WAKE UP! Kids these days know nothing about their actions or how to take responsibility. This kid wasn't harmed, he knew exactly what he was doing, yet somehow he was the victim. The schools are run by spoiled bratty kids who run to their parents to cover something up. When will we wake up?!