Rape trial nears for Clearfield teacher

Wednesday , August 13, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — A jury trial is getting closer for a Clearfield High School teacher arrested last year for allegedly raping one of her students at her home.

Gaile Supp, 25, was in 2nd District Court on Tuesday for a pretrial conference before Judge Brent West. West ordered the prosecution and defense to submit any special considerations for jury instructions by Sept. 10. Only instructions that apply specifcially to Supp’s case should be submitted by either side, he said. A jury trial is set for Sept. 15-19.

Supp is charged with object rape, a first-degree felony, for allegedly committing sexual acts with an unwilling 17-year-old female student in Supp’s West Haven home in January 2013. She was arrested that April.

The student had come to Supp’s house to be helped with homework, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. 

“The victim stated that Supp showed her a movie with sexual content and seduced her,” the affidavit reads. “(The) victim stated that she expressed herself in telling Supp she did not want Supp’s sexual advancements and actions.”

The girl resisted, the affidavit said, but Supp performed a sexual act on the teen. 

“The victim disclosed lack of consent was expressed verbally,” the affidavit said. “In addition, Supp (was) in a special position of trust in relation to the victim.”

Police also said items were found in Supp’s home supporting the victim’s account. Evidence was also reportedly taken from Supp’s cellphone. 

Supp, who is out on bail, was accompanied by several family members at Tuesday’s hearing. She pleaded not guilty to her single charge in August 2013. Supp has no criminal record in Utah.    

Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blockhartSE. 

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