Ex-teacher accused of sex with students says one boy’s grades improved

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015, file photo, Brianne Altice is taken into custody and ordered to stand trial in 2nd District Court in Farmington, Utah. Altice, a former Utah high school English teacher who pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with three male students, is set to be sentenced Thursday, July 9, 2015. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (WCMH)–A former teacher in Utah who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges defended herself in a written response filed Tuesday in federal court.

Brianne Altice is in prison for having sexual contact with three boys aged 16 and 17, the Austin American-Statesman reported. She filed a two-page response last month after one of the victim’s parents filed a lawsuit against her and the school district. The parents claim the school did nothing when employees complained about Altice’s behavior with students.

Altice, a former English teacher, said the then-16-year-old boy whose parents are suing her would “thwart inappropriate comments directed at her.”

Altice wrote that the teen would come to her for advice on his relationship with his parents. She said she told him “to communicate with his parents and continue to do his best in school.”

She added that during the school year in which she taught him, his grades improved.

KTSU reported that Altice wrote that she “had no evil or malicious intent to cause harm.”

The three boys involved in the case testified in a preliminary hearing that they had sex with Altice.

She pleaded guilty in 2013 to touching three students’ genitals between January and September 2013, and is serving a 2-to-30-year sentence.

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