Utah junior substantial trainer billed with child abuse

WEST JORDAN — A junior substantial trainer faces a prison demand following Granite Faculty District officials say he was “grooming” students and sending inappropriate text messages to previous students who are continue to juveniles.

Brian Gene Fries, 40, of Stansbury Park, was billed Wednesday in 3rd District Court docket with child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

Fries was a social studies trainer at Bennion Junior Significant Faculty, 6055 S. 2700 West, from August 2011 until eventually he was put on go away Sept. 21, and resigned on Nov. 5.

In September, a 15-year-outdated girl and her mother went to police stating that Fries experienced texted the girl 168 occasions considering the fact that March, according to charging documents. The teenager utilised to be in Fries’ class but now attends substantial faculty.

“He consistently questioned the minimal to occur and satisfy with him at the faculty when no other students would be there,” the costs point out. “He also texted her a dilemma, ‘Do you want to make out?'”

As Fries continued to text the girl, he explained to her she was “much more than his most loved scholar” and he would ship pictures of himself keeping a teddy bear that the girl experienced offered him, according to the costs.

The scholar said “whilst there was no physical get in touch with involving them, the scenario was physically, mentally and emotionally tearing her apart,” the costs point out.

The girl also explained to a counselor that Fries “experienced brought about her a lot of panic and discomfort and she stopped likely to faculty often owing to that panic,” according to investigators.

Granite Faculty District spokesman Ben Horsley said the emotional trauma experienced by the girl was the basis for the child abuse demand.

“Even though there was not severe physical harm, the ailment of the situation imperiled the health and fitness and welfare (of the girl),” he said.

Even though there was not severe physical harm, the ailment of the situation imperiled the health and fitness and welfare (of the girl).–Ben Horsley, Granite Faculty District

Investigators went by means of Fries’ cellular phone following interviewing him and learned he was owning a sexual relationship with a girl who utilised to be a person of his students, but was now 18 and experienced graduated from substantial faculty, according to courtroom information.

The girl explained to police that following she graduated from substantial faculty that issues involving her and Fries “escalated immediately,” the costs point out. She explained to investigators that Fries claimed he fully commited sexual acts with her ninth quality photograph and that he said he was now “sexually attracted to 3 students,” according to courtroom documents.

Law enforcement interviewed a person of those 3 women, who is continue to in substantial faculty. She explained to them that Fries flirted with her and explained to her to satisfy him at the junior substantial, the costs point out. In a person information, Fries explained to the girl he experienced goals of making out with her, according to courtroom documents.

Horsley said primarily based on the evidence gathered by Granite police officers, there was a “crystal clear sample of grooming and inappropriate communications” happening involving Fries and quite a few woman students.

“These had been inappropriate communications and they violated appropriate trainer-scholar boundaries,” he said.

Horsley explained district officials as currently being “alarmed” by the grooming and the communications Fries was allegedly owning with students. He encouraged any other current or previous scholar who might have experienced inappropriate communication with Fries to get in touch with the faculty district or police at 801-481-7122.

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