Sex Charges Against Former SLCC Instructor Reduced

Sex Charges Against Former SLCC Instructor Reduced

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A former Salt Lake Community College instructor had charges against him reduced to attempted rape.

A clerical error showed Roger Wilkins facing rape charges but prosecutors say the partially deaf 18-year-old female student never contended Wilkins raped her.

Wilkins now faces attempted rape, forcible sodomy and two counts of forcible sex abuse.

The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred Jan. 5 and 9 involving Wilkins and the student he met last fall at the community college. The victim was living with Wilkins and his family when the incidents occurred.

He was fired by the community college in January after officials discovered he had lied on his application.

Wilkins also worked as an adjunct instructor at Utah Valley State College, teaching American Sign Language. He was listed on the Utah Sex Offender Registry from a charge of lewdness involving a child in 1993.

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

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