Former Guidance Counselor Sentenced

Former Guidance Counselor Sentenced

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Former Northridge High School guidance counselor Curtis Scott Ward was sentenced to one year in jail Tuesday for having sex with a 17-year-old girl at the school.

Ward, 34, pleaded guilty in December to two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. He was originally charged with two counts of felony rape.

Judge Rodney S. Page sentenced Ward in 2nd District Court on Tuesday. He could have faced up to five years in prison on each count, but instead a majority of the sentences were suspended and Ward will serve a year in the Davis County Jail. He was also ordered to pay fines, restitution and complete a sex offender treatment program.

Ward was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl both at the school and his home. Officials said he was initially charged with rape since he had a position of special trust.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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