Female Utah teacher heads to trial on rape charges

Aug 27 2013 - 2:02pm

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FILE - This undated file photo, provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Courtney Louis Jerrell. Jerrell, who was a former high school teacher and coach, has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a female student. The Deseret News reports that a judge made the decision Monday after the victim and her friend testified against 22-year-old Jarrell. The girl testified that she had sexual encounters with Jarrell at the teacher's house. Prosecutors say the girl was 17 at the time and a student at Riverton High School, where Jarrell taught math and coached the sophomore girls' basketball team. Jarrell is charged with rape and forcible sexual abuse. Jarrell's attorney, Ken Brown, said she didn't use her position to influence the teen. He says the two just fell in love. He says Jarrell will plead not guilty. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, File)
FILE - This undated file photo, provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office shows Courtney Louis Jerrell. Jerrell, who was a former high school teacher and coach, has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a female student. The Deseret News reports that a judge made the decision Monday after the victim and her friend testified against 22-year-old Jarrell. The girl testified that she had sexual encounters with Jarrell at the teacher's house. Prosecutors say the girl was 17 at the time and a student at Riverton High School, where Jarrell taught math and coached the sophomore girls' basketball team. Jarrell is charged with rape and forcible sexual abuse. Jarrell's attorney, Ken Brown, said she didn't use her position to influence the teen. He says the two just fell in love. He says Jarrell will plead not guilty. (AP Photo/Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, File)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A woman who was a former high school teacher and coach has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she had a sexual relationship with a female student.

The Deseret News reports that a judge made the decision Monday after the victim and her friend testified against 22-year-old Courtney Louise Jarrell.

The girl testified that she had sexual encounters with Jarrell at the teacher's house. Prosecutors say the girl was 17 at the time and a student at Riverton High School, where Jarrell taught math and coached the sophomore girls' basketball team.

Jarrell is charged with rape and forcible sexual abuse.

Jarrell's attorney, Ken Brown, said she didn't use her position to influence the teen. He says the two just fell in love. He says Jarrell will plead not guilty.

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