Ex-teacher gets up to 20 years for sex with teen

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A former teacher and basketball coach from Kaysville will serve up to 20 years in prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with his former student.

Thirty-four-year-old Stephen Paul Niedzwiecki was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this year to unlawful sexual activity with a minor and unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old.

He originally faced counts of forcible sodomy, attempted rape and forcible sexual abuse.

The victim, who is now 18, told police that the sexual abuse began in 2011, after she finished ninth grade at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville, and continued until the fall of 2012.

Prosecutors say Niedzwiecki "groomed" the girl while he was her teacher, but settled on lesser charges because he was no longer her teacher when the relationship turned sexual.

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