Thursday , February 23, 2017 - 4:49 PM1 comment
OGDEN — A former Ogden special education teacher charged with sexually abusing two teenage girls is out on bail pending his next court appearance.
Second District Court records show Drew Daniel Tutt, 28, posted $22,000 bail and was released from Weber County Jail on Feb. 9, three days after his arrest by Weber County sheriff’s deputies. Tutt’s next court appearance is March 8 before Judge Brent West.
The Weber County Attorney’s Office has filed four felony charges against Tutt: two counts of sexual abuse of a minor student and two counts of enticing a minor by the internet or text message. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of unlawful detention of a minor.
The investigation began after a sheriff’s deputy found Tutt and a girl in a car at Rohmer Park in Washington Terrace after hours on Oct. 11, 2016, court records show.
A probable cause statement said the two alleged victims, both younger than 16, attended Mound Fort Middle School in Ogden, where Tutt taught special education math in 2014 and 2015. Tutt also taught special education part time at Lincoln Elementary School and Bonneville Elementary School in 2016, the state Office of Education said.
Tutt told police he sent both girls a picture of himself with his shirt off and asked them to send him similar photos, the probable cause statement said. They both sent nude pictures to him, the document said.
He said he kissed one girl in the pubic area and the other below the belt line and rubbed his pelvis against one girl’s pelvis, the probable cause statement said.
The Ogden School District put Tutt on administrative leave in October and he resigned later that day, the school district said.
Tutt’s state teaching license has been flagged, meaning any potential educational employers would be told he is under investigation, state Office of Education spokesman Mark Peterson said Thursday.
He said state licensing officials do not generally begin an investigation that could lead to suspension or revocation of a teaching license until a case has finished in criminal court.
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