SALT LAKE CITY — Highland High School's treasurer has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse allegedly committed over 30 years ago.
West Bludworth, 43, of American Fork, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with rape of a child, a first-degree felony, and eight counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony. A $750,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to charging documents, Bludworth sexually abused a girl from 1987 to 1989 starting when she was 5 years old. Bludworth was between 12 and 14 years old at the time.
His initial court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.
The Salt Lake City School District has placed Bludworth on leave pending the outcome of his case. A school treasurer is similar to a financial clerk, according to the district.
Highland High Principal Chris Jenson sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation.Comment on this story
"The events in question do not involve any current or former students and did not take place on or near school property," he assured them. "This individual is our current treasurer at Highland and has worked for our school for over 20 years. This person has head-coached and was the assistant coach for our women’s soccer program for the past two years."
Jenson called the allegations "shocking" and "deeply unsettling."
"We strongly encourage any students, staff or faculty members who might be in need of support to reach out to me to be connected with one of our district crisis counselors, or to connect confidentially with a counselor via the SafeUT mobile app," the letter states.
Court records show Bludworth has no other criminal history in Utah outside of traffic citations.