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Teacher Faces 14 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

Teacher Faces 14 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

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Andrew Adams and Richard Piatt ReportingThere are more victims in a sex abuse case involving a Riverton first grade teacher. Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Paul Jaroscak says six more kids have come forward, and that might not be all. "It brings the total to nine victims and 14 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child facing Frank Laine Hall."

Teacher Faces 14 Counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child

Aggravated sexual abuse of a child is a first-degree felony. The original charges stated that Laine Hall touched three young females during or near school hours. A few parents told us off camera it was a sort of an open "secret" in his classroom. Now, nine new charges indicate a similar pattern of offenses. Each allege Hall fondled the children by sticking his hand down their pants.

And Lt. Jaroscak says those numbers still could grow. "We had the original three or four counts. More victims came forward; we now have 14 counts, and our detectives are still following up leads."

Nine children now accuse the former Rosamond Elementary teacher of fondling and sexually abusing them. All lawmen can do is shake their heads. "It's a little more disturbing when you have a person in a position of trust who's involved in something like this," Lt. Jaroscak says.

Hall was a 2006 recipient of the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. He was extremely well liked by students and parents alike. Investigators say they hope the case doesn't tarnish the teaching profession.

It was disturbing news when the story broke last week, and news of the additional charges is making it worse.

Parents are urged to report additional victims by calling either the Sheriff's Department or the Division of Child and Family Services.

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