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Army recruiter arrested following alleged rape of Utah teenager

Teenagers often establish relationships with adults. Although the relationship can be nothing more than an adult mentoring the teenager, some people may make assumptions that misconstrue the relationship. Unfortunately, an Army recruiter in Utah has recently been arrested, accused of the rape of a teenager.

The 32-year-old man is employed by the Army but worked at a school as part of a partnership known as "Students Taking Active Roles." He had worked at the high school for approximately four months when he became the subject of sex crimes allegations. The female student reportedly informed police officers that she was being abused after another student reportedly claimed he witnessed suspicious behavior.

The witness reportedly claimed that he observed the man and the teenager in a portable classroom. The windows were allegedly covered and the doors locked. The alleged victim claims that the recruiter had been alone in the classroom several times and that they engaged in sex at least three times. The recruiter, on a three-year break from combat as he worked in the program, has since been arrested and faces multiple counts of a first-degree felony rape charge.  If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in jail.

As a result of the rape charges, the man must make some critical decisions that will have a significant impact on the rest of his life. Most people in Utah in such situations lack the legal knowledge to make informed decisions. However, a criminal defense attorney can help defendants understand their options, including whether they should fight the charges in court or work toward accepting a plea deal.

Source: sltrib.com, "Army instructor at Utah high school charged with raping female student", Dec. 7. 2016

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