West High teacher makes court appearance

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(KSL News) The West High School teacher accused of unlawful sexual activity with a student made his first court appearance.

Jose Fanjul appeared in court by closed circuit television from the Salt Lake County Jail. Prosecutors charged him with five counts of forcible sodomy and five counts of forcible sexual abuse. A 17-year old girl told police she and Fanjul had numerous sexual encounters over the course of several months.

After the hearing, Fanjul's attorney, Ken Brown, said, "This case will be vigorously defended." He says his client is innocent.

Fanjul will be back in court next week. He had supporters in court, but they declined to comment.

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