Former Ogden teacher formally charged with sexually abusing teen students

Wednesday , February 08, 2017 - 2:25 PM1 comment

Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Formal charges have been filed against a former Ogden School District special education teacher accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls under the age of 16.

Drew Daniel Tutt, 28, is accused of engaging in sexual activities with the teenagers, whom he met through his teaching position at Mound Fort Junior High School. His initial hearing was Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.

Weber County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Tutt on Monday, Feb. 6. He is charged with two counts of enticing a minor, third-degree felonies; one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; one count of sexual abuse of a minor by teacher, a third-degree felony; and two counts of unlawful detention of a minor, Class B misdemeanors, according to the probable cause statement.

The defendant taught special education math to seventh- and eighth-grade students at Mound Fort in 2014 and 2015, according to Utah State Board of Education spokesman Mark Peterson. Tutt also taught special education part-time at Lincoln Elementary School and Bonneville Elementary School in 2016, Peterson said.

A probable cause statement filed in the case says Tutt also coached a school soccer team. 

Tutt caught the attention of law enforcement in October 2016, when a patrol deputy found the teacher and one of the girls in a vehicle together at Rohmer Park in Washington Terrace past park hours, the probable cause statement says. The case was referred to investigators after police discovered Tutt was connected to the girl through his teaching job. 

The girl was interviewed by the Weber-Morgan Children’s Justice Center afterward and said she met Tutt while attending school at Mound Fort, the court record says.

During the interview, the girl said she had met Tutt outside of school multiple times without her parents’ consent, the probable cause statement says. She said Tutt kissed her, and she sent a nude picture of herself to Tutt on SnapChat, the court record states.

The probable cause statement doesn’t specify when the alleged interactions between the girl and Tutt began. Weber County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Nate Hutchinson was unable to provide a time frame Wednesday.

The court document says law enforcement officials learned there were “possibly several other victims related to Drew” and interviewed a second girl who said she’d been sexually abused by Tutt. 

Hutchinson was unable to confirm how police identified the second girl or the time frame of her allegations against Tutt. 

During an interview with police, the second teenager said she also met Tutt while attending Mound Fort, the court record says. The girl said she and Tutt spent time together outside of school on about 30 occasions, according to the court document. 

The second teen said Tutt had hugged and kissed her at the school and during their meetings outside of it, the probable cause statement says. She said the two communicated through social media and by phone almost daily, the court record states.

The teenager told police she felt Tutt was controlling her, “which was evident when reading text messages that were exchanged between the two of them,” the probable cause statement says. 

In an interview with police Feb. 3, Tutt told police he sent both teenagers pictures of himself without a shirt on and asked for similar pictures of them, the court record states. He said both teens sent nude pictures back to him, according to the probable cause statement.

Tutt told police he kissed one of the girl’s pubic areas and kissed the other girl in the area below her beltline, the probable cause statement says. He also told officers he rubbed his pelvis against one of the teen’s pelvises, the court record says.

Tutt told police “what he was doing was wrong, but it made him feel good and happy,” according to the probable cause statement.

Ogden School District placed Tutt on administrative leave Oct. 10, 2016 — the same day school officials learned a Weber County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw him with the first girl at Rohmer Park. He resigned later that day, Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates said.

After learning about the alleged incident, it would have taken school officials at least 30 days to follow the proper procedure to fire Tutt, Bates said. "So the Ogden School District accepted his resignation that day in order to immediately remove him from our schools," Bates said.

Peterson said Tutt’s teaching license has been flagged pending the conclusion of criminal proceedings and an inquiry by state education officials. Flagging the license alerts anyone trying to hire Tutt that he’s under investigation, Peterson said.

Tutt is being held at the Weber County Jail in lieu of $22,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.

Police have encouraged other possible victims and those with information about the case to contact them at 801-395-8221.

Contact digital producer Makenzie Koch at mkoch@standard.net or follow her on Twitter at @makenzie_koch

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