Former Teacher Sentenced in Student Sexual Abuse Case

Former Teacher Sentenced in Student Sexual Abuse Case

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- Former Canyon View High School teacher Mark Thiele will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to felony forcible sexual abuse of a student.

A judge said Tuesday that Thiele, 36, could be released temporarily from jail for therapy sessions during the first three months. Afterward, he could be released for work and therapy.

Thiele was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $2,430 in restitution. He could have been sentenced to one to 15 years in prison and be fined $10,000.

Thiele, the school's former German teacher and swimming coach, had originally been charged with rape and forcible sodomy in the incident with a 16-year-old student following his July 29 arrest.

Thiele was not under contract with the high school because it was summer break. His contract was not renewed when school started in the fall.

The case is the third involving sex between a student and a coach at Canyon View in the last four years. A 2001 case involving a wrestling coach, and a 2002 incident involved a volleyball coach.

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

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