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Utah Teacher Accused Of Raping 17-Year-Old: Who Is Coach Courtney Jarrell?

By Jason Van Hoven - Posted: 04/23/13 07:50PM EDT
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Courtney Jarrell, a Utah teacher and girls basketball coach of Riverton High School, is accused of raping a 17-year-old female student. (Photo: Photo / Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

A Utah high school teacher and girls basketball coach is accused of raping a 17-year-old female student, according to reports.

Prosecutors say that 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.

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Court documents show that the sexual activity happened at the house of the Utah teacher accused of raping the 17-year-old in February and March.

Jarrell was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said that Jarrell resigned from the school on Friday after having been on administrative leave since the allegations arose a month ago. Per KSL-TV, she resigned to focus on her defense and will plead not guilty.

  • The Utah teacher accused of raping the 17-year-old had been teaching in the Jordan District for just eight months.
  • She was suspended after the district received "a complaint about inappropriate behavior," which was immediately turned over to police.
  • The district had only received the one complaint regarding Jarrell.
  • Students said that they were surprised to hear about the Utah teacher being accused of raping a 17-year-old because she was a popular teacher everyone seemed to like.
  • The Utah teacher accused of raping 17-year-old is due in court on May 16.

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