Riverton High teacher charged with rape, sex abuse of student

Published: Monday, April 22 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

RIVERTON — A Riverton High School math teacher and coach of the sophomore girls' basketball team has been arrested and charged with raping a student.

Courtney Louise Jarrell, 22, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with object rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

Jarrell, who had been on administrative leave since the allegations were brought up about a month ago, also submitted her resignation from the school on Friday, said Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf.

Between February and March of this year, Jarrell had illegal sexual activity with a 17-year-old girl who attends the school, according to charging documents. Prosecutors say the activity happened at Jarrell's house.

Jarrell had been teaching in the Jordan District for just eight months. She was suspended after the district received "a complaint about inappropriate behavior," Riesgraf said. The complaint was immediately turned over to police.

When asked if there was a concern about other potential victims, Riesgraf said the district had only received the one complaint as of Monday.

Jarrell is scheduled to appear in court on May 16. Her attorney, Kenneth R. Brown, said he anticipated entering a not guilty plea. He said Monday that Jarrell resigned to concentrate on defending herself.

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