Wednesday, February 4, 2009

UT: Utah County school employee charged with sexual abuse

Oak Canyon » 19-year-old school aide allegedly kissed, touched student, 14.
By Lindsay Whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune
Posted: 02/04/2009 05:27:01 PM MST

A former Oak Canyon Junior High School employee is facing sexual abuse charges for allegedly kissing and touching a 14-year-old student.

Mallory M. Shaw, 19, of Lehi, was a school aide who occasionally supervised the student assistance center, where students go to study or make up tests after the school day is over, said Alpine School District spokeswoman Rhonda Bromley.

On Jan. 21, a student reported to school administrators that four 14-year-old boys had given Shaw money in exchange for cigarettes several times at her Lehi home between September and December 2008, Lindon Police Chief Cody Cullimore said.

During November or December 2008, she and one of the boys allegedly kissed and touched each other in her car in Lindon, according to an affidavit accompanying charging documents filed in 4th District Court. The boy was a family friend as well as a student, Bromley said.

Shaw was arrested on Jan. 22 and allegedly admitted to buying the cigarettes and the encounter, the affidavit states. On Jan. 30, she was charged with forcible sexual abuse, a felony, and furnishing tobacco to minors, a misdemeanor.

Shaw had worked at the school since Aug. 18, Bromley said.

"When the information was first brought to the administration they immediately put her on probation while the investigation happened," Bromley said. Shaw had no contact with students after the allegation was made, and was fired from the district about two weeks ago, following a school investigation, Bromley said.

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