Monday, April 29, 2013

Female Coach Accused of Raping Teen Girl

Courtney Louise Jarrell, 22-year-old former math teacher and girls' basketball coach at Riverton High School, Riverton, Utah, has been charged in the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student.

Jarrell faces charges of 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 last Friday. According to Jarrels attorney, teacher resigned in order to focus on her defense, and that she intends to enter a not guilty plea.

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

Jarrell is scheduled to appear in court on May 16. Jarrell had been teaching in the Jordan District for eight months. She faces five years to life in prison.

Other sex crime case featuring female coaches that have gained media attention lately:

Ashley M. Blumenshine , 29-year-old former teacher at Plainfield North High School, Plainfield, Illinois, who was arrested more than two years ago for allegedly engaging in sex with a male student, was sentenced earlier this week to two years of probation and 30 days in jail.  Jessica Boyers, 24-year-old female teacher from Louisville, Kentucky, accused of having sexual contact with a male teen student, entered a not guilty plea in court. Boyers  also coached cross country and swimming. Jamie Waite, 37-year-old volunteer swim coach at Ben Lomond High School, Utah, who plead  guilty of four counts of forcible sexual abuse, got her prison time was suspended and was ordered to to spend 210 days in jail and complete three years’ probation. And Cassandra Rose Elfers, 21-year-old part-time volleyball coach at Phillip Sharp Middle School, the Pendleton County, Kentucky, who had already been  arrested in January for alleged sex acts with student faced more charges in January. While most of the cases feature female perpetrators and male victims, at least one other female coach have been accused of sexual abuse of teen girl lately - Leslie Danielle Dewitt, 31-year-old coach and teacher formerly at Hancock High School, Hancock County, Mississippi, has as been accused of engaging in sex acts and relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Girl's Basketball Coach Accused of Raping Female Student

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