Former Utah County middle school teacher arrested for having sex with a student | #teacher | #children | #kids

A former Utah County junior high school teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.

Zachery Kent Denison, 28, was arrested on 10 counts of rape, a first-degree felony, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A teenage girl contacted local law enforcement on Nov. 29 to report she had been in a sexual relationship with a former school teacher and her former basketball coach, Denison, who was, then, employed at Mt. Nebo Junior High in Payson.

The girl said the relationship lasted for nearly two years, beginning in February 2019 when she was 14. They would meet up at various locations throughout Utah and Juab County, the affidavit states.

During an interview with police, Denison admitted to having sexual intercourse with the teen and said they shared nude photographs of one another over Instagram, according to the affidavit. Denison voluntarily gave authorities his cell phone and laptop.

The affidavit states Denison recalled he and the teen had “sex in various locations around where the victim lived” and “one time at the victim’s home.”

Individuals charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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