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Former UT school secretary acquitted of sex charge

By Associated Press, Associated Press | Posted - Apr 14th, 2013 @ 2:16pm

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) - A former Payson junior high school secretary has been acquitted of a charge of having sexual relations with a teenage boy.

A 4th District Court jury found 49-year-old Montreia Barney not guilty Friday night of a third-degree count of unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old.

But the jury found Barney guilty of a class A misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice by denying to police that she had interacted with students outside school.

Prosecutors say Barney was working at Mt. Nebo Junior High in 2010 when she befriended a boy who returned to his former school to visit friends.

Barney is accused of engaging in sex acts with him outside a Mormon church as well as in phone sex. Barney then was 47 and the boy 16.

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