Washington County Jail
Shaun Michael Timothy

ST. GEORGE — A teacher at a southern Utah school has been arrested for inappropriately touching a student, according to police.

Shaun Michael Timothy, 46, of Santa Clara, was booked into the Washington County Jail on Thursday for investigation of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

On Saturday, a 13-year-old girl who attends Tonaquint Intermediate School, 1210 W. Curly Hollow Drive, told St. George police that her teacher, Timothy, touched her buttocks while she was sitting on her desk, according to a Washington County Jail report.

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"(The girl) disclosed when she realized what was happening she jumped off her desk and moved away from Mr. Timothy and sat in her chair," the report states. "(She) disclosed that she felt sick and was physically and emotionally upset about what had happened."

The girl also told investigators of other moments when Timothy allegedly touched her inappropriately or sat on the girl's lap or the laps of her friends, according to the report. Detectives interviewed other students who were in the classroom at the time of the alleged incident and they corroborated the girl's story, the report states.

According to the school's website, Timothy teaches seventh-grade science.