Fillmore teacher facing more sex abuse charges

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FILLMORE -- Prosecutors have leveled new charges against a Millard High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.

Court records show the Millard County Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed four counts of first-degree felony rape and 11 counts of forcible sex abuse, a second-degree felony, against Keith Lorraine Gillins.

The 61-year-old teacher was scheduled to appear in Fillmore's 4th District Court Wednesday, but court records said the hearing had been delayed at the request of counsel.

Gillins is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. He had initially been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old.

The teacher was arrested after the student came forward with the allegations. Court records said the alleged crimes occurred on a variety of dates from October 2008 until April of this year.

Gillins was an English teacher and a basketball coach at Millard High School. He was also the mayor of Fillmore from 1986 to 1997 and served as a bishop of an LDS ward.

He is due back in court on July 22 to decide whether to have a preliminary hearing. At a preliminary hearing, a judge decides if there is enough evidence to bind him over for a trial.


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