DRAPER — Brianne Land Altice, a former teacher at Davis High School convicted of sexually abusing students, will be granted parole later this year, according to the Utah Board of Pardons.
The parole news was made public Tuesday, and Altice’s expected release date from prison is slated to take place on Sept. 10.
Altice, 39, is serving time at the Utah State Prison after she admitted to having sexual relationships with students while teaching English at Davis High. A former South Weber resident, Altice was arrested in December 2013 after she had sexual relationships with three students, who were 16 or 17 at the time.
Altice pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible sexual abuse, all second-degree felonies, on April 22, 2015. She was sentenced in July 2015 to serve one to 15 years in prison for the charges, but a judge ordered the terms be served concurrently, meaning all three will be served at the same time.
She had a hearing before the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole on April 16, weeks before the board’s decision was made public, according to the board’s online records.
Her first parole hearing took place in January 2017, where she took full responsibility for the relationships with her students, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.
“I want to make this very, very clear,” she said. “This was my doing. This was no one else’s fault. This was not my ex-husband’s fault. This was not the school’s fault. This was not my students’ fault.”
Altice was denied parole, and was given the April 2019 parole hearing date.
The former teacher, and the Davis School District, is also facing a civil lawsuit in federal court.
The suit 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 2018, attorneys for the Davis 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.
In November 2018, Altice tried to have the suit thrown out, claiming she “did not breach any fiduciary duty,” according to the court filing. Altice, acting as her own attorney, said that even if there is a fiduciary duty between student and teacher, the duty is very low.
Altice went 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.
However, a federal judge denied Altice’s motion to dismiss the suit. In February, Altice again tried to have the civil suit against her thrown out, and again the motion was denied by the judge.
As of Tuesday, the lawsuit has yet to be resolved and is ongoing.