Wednesday , March 07, 2018 - 10:12 AM
OGDEN — A former Ogden School District special education teacher was sentenced to prison last Wednesday.
Drew Tutt, a 29-year-old from Roy, was sentenced Feb. 28 to spend the next five years at most in the Utah State Prison for sexually abusing two students.
Tutt pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2017, to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor student, both third-degree felonies. In return, four other charges were dropped, consisting of two counts of enticing, soliciting, seducing or luring a minor by internet or text, a third-degree felony; and two counts of unlawful detention of a minor, a class B misdemeanor.
In addition to prison time, Tutt is ordered to pay $1,140 in restitution, court records say.
Tutt taught special education math to seventh- and eighth-grade students at Mound Fort Junior High School in 2014 and 2015, Utah State Board of Education spokesman Mark Peterson told the Standard-Examiner in February 2017. Tutt also taught special education part-time at Lincoln Elementary School and Bonneville Elementary School in 2016, according to Peterson.
Tutt caught the attention of law enforcement in October 2016 when a Weber County Sheriff’s deputy found the teacher and a 15-year-old girl in a vehicle together at Rohmer Park in Washington Terrace past park hours, a probable cause statement says. The case was referred to investigators after police discovered Tutt was connected to the girl through his teaching job.
The girl was interviewed by the Weber-Morgan Children’s Justice Center and she said she met Tutt while attending school at Mound Fort, the court record says.
During the interview, the girl said she had met Tutt outside of school multiple times without her parents’ consent. She said Tutt kissed her and she sent a nude picture of herself to Tutt on Snapchat, court records say.
Police later interviewed a second girl who said she had been sexually abused by Tutt.
During an interview with police, the second teen said she met Tutt while attending Mound Fort, court records state. The girl said she and Tutt spent time together outside of school on about 30 occasions.
The second teen said Tutt had hugged and kissed her at the school and during their meetings outside of it, according to a probable cause statement. She said the two communicated through social media and by phone almost daily.
The Ogden School District placed Tutt on administrative leave Oct. 10, 2016 — the same day school officials learned a Weber County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw him with the first girl at Rohmer Park. He resigned later that day, Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates told the Standard-Examiner in February 2017.
As of Wednesday morning, Tutt was in the custody of the Weber County Jail and has yet to be transferred to the state prison to serve his term.
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