UTAH STATE PRISON — Former Davis High School teacher Brianne Altice, who was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing three students, has been granted parole.
The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole announced Tuesday that Altice, 39, will be released from the Utah State Prison on Sept. 10.
Altice, a former Davis High School English teacher, pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible sexual abuse stemming from sexual relationships with three students in 2015 who were 16 or 17 at the time. One relationship continued while she was out on bail following her initial arrest. Her combined penalties resulted in a sentence of two to 30 years in prison. Her case made headlines nationwide.
According to the board of pardons, members determined the impact on the victims was an aggravating factor in making the determination of whether to grant parole. But her completion of programs while in prison was a factor in her favor.
During her parole hearing two weeks ago, a confident sounding Altice told the board that she had made a lot of progress since even her first parole hearing in 2017. She completed the prison's sex offender treatment program and a business tech program. She said what treatment in prison has taught her is how to have self-confidence and that it's OK to ask others for help.
"The relationship I had with myself was very negative," she said of how she was in 2015, adding that she would isolate herself from any emotional or mental support. "I alienated my values."
Altice said she has confidence today that she didn't have even just two years ago.
"I have found self-love and self-compassion again," she said. "To be able to say I have self-love is huge.13 comments on this story
"I'm accountable for this. I did this. And with that knowledge comes growth," she further stated. "I continue on this path of growth."
During the hearing, Altice said that if she were released, she already had an offer to work full time with Canines With A Cause, a group that matches shelter dogs with military veterans for emotional and psychological support. It's a program she has been working with while in prison.
Altice said she would also continue counseling with a therapist.
The state sentencing guidelines for a case like Altice's is 60 months. She will be released after serving 56 months.