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Female Utah Teacher, Coach Accused Of Raping Girl

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RIVERTON, Utah (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Utah woman who taught and coached girls’ basketball at a high school is accused of raping a female student.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Courtney Louise Jarrell had sexual encounters with a 17-year-old girl who attends Riverton High School, where Jarrell taught math and coached the sophomore girls’ basketball team.

Jarrell was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with rape and forcible sexual abuse.

Court documents show prosecutors say the sexual activity happened at Jarrell’s house in February and March.

Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf says Jarrell resigned from the school Friday. She had been on administrative leave since the allegations arose a month ago.

Jarrell’s attorney told KSL-TV that she resigned to focus on her defense and will plead not guilty. She is due in court May 16.

“Everybody loved her,” student Kathryn Orchard told the station. “My parents were even way shocked because my parents loved her too. They thought she was a great teacher.”

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