(UPDATED)Wasatch County School District aide arrested for alleged misconduct with students at her Summit County home
A Wasatch County School District employee was arrested Tuesday after allegedly inviting students to her Summit County home to drink alcohol and encouraging two of them to engage in sexual activity, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The 17-year-old female victim was unaccustomed to alcohol and became intoxicated, according to a probable cause affidavit, and was injured when one of the male students engaged in sexual conduct with her.
The 33-year-old aide at Midway Elementary School is a former Division of Child and Family Services employee and was the teen’s caseworker, the affidavit states. The woman allegedly threatened to release personal information about the victim if she didn’t lie to police.
The woman was being held at the Summit County Jail and a 3rd District judge set bail at $16,950.
The Park Record does not typically identify people accused of crimes who have not been formally charged.
The Wasatch County School District placed the aide on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, said Kirsta Albert, the district’s public information officer. The woman was hired at the beginning of the school year and had successfully completed a background check, Albert said.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Albert said the district would not comment further on the arrest.
The 17-year-old female student told a Summit County sheriff’s deputy during a Children’s Justice Center interview that the woman invited her and two male students to the woman’s Park City home in September, according to the affidavit. While there, authorities allege the woman supplied alcohol to the underage students and encouraged the female student to have sexual contact with one of the male students.
The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip in November that the woman was rumored to be behaving inappropriately with students, according to the affidavit. The woman denied the allegations when interviewed by the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office that month, according to the report. She then allegedly sent text messages to the 17-year-old victim instructing her to lie to authorities if she was interviewed and to tell them she was never at the woman’s home.
The woman was booked into the Summit County Jail on suspicion of child abuse, witness tampering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Update: This story has been updated with information from a probable cause affidavit.
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