A former South Summit Middle School teacher accused of sexually abusing students has been ordered to face a trial after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Rory Bowen, 36, was arrested in April and charged with four first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after accusations from four female students that he allegedly touched them inappropriately, according to court documents filed in 3rd District Court in Summit County.

Bowen, who taught math at the school, will enter a plea in an arraignment hearing scheduled for Sept. 8, according to court documents. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Aug. 13.

According to a statement of probable cause, a then-13-year-old girl accused Bowen of touching her buttocks over her clothing on multiple occasions in his classroom when she asked him for help. She told investigators that the last incident happened on March 17.

Bowen was originally charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse, but three other students then came forward with similar allegations, according to the probable cause statement. Three additional charges were then tacked on.

The alleged abuse of all four accusers took place between Aug. 27, 2013, and March 21, 2014, according to the probable cause statement.

Each charge carries a potential sentence of life in prison if Bowen is convicted.


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Bowen, who resigned from his teaching position in April, has remained out of jail after posting $20,000 bail, an amount prosecuting attorneys disputed earlier in the case because the Summit County Jails set bail rather than a judge.

According to court documents, the state had attempted to increase bail to $150,000, but 3rd District Court Judge Todd Shaughnessy denied that motion, instead forcing Bowen to turn in his passport, wear a GPS ankle monitor and have no contact with his accusers.