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Ogden High teacher being investigated for relationship with student



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OGDEN -- Ogden police are investigating a relationship between a high school teacher and former student, who graduated from the school in 2008. Investigators received a tip that the two are living together and the relationship goes back years.

Police say the instructor involved in the case is 47 years old and the woman involved is now of age, but Ogden police say they received a report she was 16 or 17 when the relationship started.

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Both the police department and the school district launched investigations Tuesday after a tip was called in first to the Standard Examiner. The district released a statement Wednesday saying they are "following the appropriate process and procedure relevant to the information they have obtained."

"In this case, we will be following the appropriate process and procedure relevant to the information that we have obtained," district spokeswoman Donna Corby said in a phone interview with KSL Newsradio, deferring to a prepared statement. "As with all circumstances in an allegation, we review it and then we determine the appropriate action that needs to be taken."

They are not commenting any further or releasing the instructor's name.

Police say the instructor is on administrative leave and that the two are living together. The key is, however, when it all began.

Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley said, "The female was in attendance at the school from age 14 throughout her graduation date. That's not to say they may have been involved in the relationship, so we're gonna go back and try and determine maybe when they had the opportunity to start building this relationship."

Police say the case of Layton High School choir teacher Joe Everton prompted their tipster to come forward. Everton, who is 62, recently married an 18-year-old former student. Police found his actions while she was a student inappropriate but not criminal.

While cases like this get a lot of public attention, Mary Burbank, director of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah, told us future teachers get a full education in the proper relationship between student and teacher.

"Folks who cross the line are really operating under a different set of understandings of their role and the nature of the relationship with students," Burbank said.

Ogden police say they will be conducting interviews in this case throughout the week. They are not releasing the teacher's name and are not saying what subject he teaches at the school.

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Story compiled with contributions from Andrew Adams and Sarah Dallof.

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