A sex with minor case in Utah is attracting significant national attention.
This week Brianne Altice pled guilty to having sex with three different
boys who attended the high school where she formerly taught in the English
Department. The boys, two age 17, and one age 16, all indicated that they
all had sexual relationships with the 35 year old woman. One of the young
men - apparently not particularly traumatized by the "ordeal"
- described Altice as his "teacher with benefits." These sex
with minor allegations resulted in Altice entering a plea to three counts
of forcible sexual abuse in exchange for prosecutors dropping the remaining
counts. The plea also obviates the need for a jury trial in Davis County,
Utah, one of most socially conservative counties in the nation.
Civil Aspect Of Altice Sex With Minor Case
sex with minor case has also resulted in parents of two of the boys bringing lawsuits
against the school district which formerly employed Ms. Altice. The lawsuits
essentially allege that the school district was negligent in hiring and
retaining the former English teacher. The allegations assert that the
school district was aware of much of the inappropriate conduct and their
inaction enabled Altice to have sexual relationships with the three young
men. Supposedly Altice's illicit liaisons were a open secret and many
of the boys at the school openly joked about her and her sexual exploits.
General legal consensus holds that a case of this sort is typically stronger
when the victim is a female, and the perpetrator is a male. The concern
being that even in prudish Utah, many males on the jury will have difficulty
concluding that the boys were significantly traumatized by having sex
with their young, attractive teacher. Acknowledging this obvious and problematic
aspect of the case, one of the mothers suing the school district recently
stated: "I think people don't see how it really affects the kids,
the boys. It's not a tie the boy down and rape him sort of abuse...It's
more of an emotional abuse." Interestingly, her son has been identified
as "liking" the "Free Brianne Altice" page on Facebook
- a fact which indicates that the young man might not be completely on
board with his mother's opinion on the matter. Equally interesting
will be discovering the actual extent to which the boys were allegedly
emotionally traumatized by having sex with Ms. Altice. While no reasonable
person condones teachers having sexual relationships with their minor
students, the actual, and legitimate extent of the young men's damages
(i.e., pain and suffering), is the central issue in this case. That question
will undoubtedly be addressed in the litigation which will occur in the
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