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Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Pupil Appears in Court

Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Pupil Appears in Court

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A teacher accused of sexually abusing a boy in his fourth-grade class has had his first appearance in 4th District Court on a charge of aggravated sex abuse of a child.

Christopher Evans, 27, of Provo appeared Monday before Judge Steven Hansen, who scheduled Evans' next court appearance for Aug. 5.

The charge was filed Thursday.

Evans, who taught at Northridge Elementary School in Orem, was arrested July 13.

Police began the investigation when the 10-year-old boy's father told them on June 30 that his son had told him of the purported April incident.

"The boy was prompted to make the report after supposedly seeing the suspect in his neighborhood and having a nightmare that night about the suspect," Police Lt. Doug Edwards said earlier this month. "The boy was uncomfortable and scared."

Edwards said the boy told his parents that a teacher had touched him on his back and stomach, then allegedly put his hands down his pants.

Evans was fired, Alpine School District officials said.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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