SALT LAKE CITY — A former Davis High School teacher convicted of having sexual relationships with her students asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit against her and the Davis School District, according to court filings.
Brianne Land Altice, a 39-year-old former South Weber resident, sent a hand-written letter to the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City requesting that a civil suit be dropped.
She argues in her letter that she “did not breach any fiduciary duty,” according to the court filing. Altice, acting as her own attorney, says that even if there is a fiduciary duty between student and teacher, the duty is very low.
Altice goes on to say that any sexual contact detailed in the lawsuit happened after the school year was over and did not occur on Davis High School grounds.
She also requested that further proceedings in the case be handled by the Utah Attorney General’s Office, who has been representing the school district and Altice since the lawsuit was filed in 2015.
Altice was convicted on three counts of forcible sexual abuse, all second-degree felonies, in April 2015. Three months later, 2nd District Judge Thomas L. Kay sentenced Altice to three prison terms of 1 to 15 years. Her next parole hearing is scheduled for 2019.
The federal lawsuit was filed a few months later in December 2015, and claimed that school administrators “should have known of Ms. Altice’s improper relationships with minor children prior to her being offered a teaching position at Davis High School.”
In August, attorneys for the school district argued that administrators did not know about Brianne Altice’s sexual relationships with students until she was arrested, and they too requested the lawsuit to be dismissed.
A federal judge has yet to rule as to whether or not the lawsuit be dismissed.