Former Uintah County teacher arrested on investigations into sex with student
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SALT LAKE CITY – A former Uintah High School health teacher was arrested on an investigation into illegal sexual behavior with a 16-year-old student, according to a press release.
Rodd Adam Repsher, 33, was arrested Wednesday, the Uintah County Sheriff’s office announced.
The case with Repsher began in October 2016 when a Uintah High School teacher discovered Repsher alone in his classroom with the student, officials said. Repsher was immediately on leave and later fired. He has been teaching at the school since 2012; however, no criminal charges were brought in the case after questioning the student and he did not provide any information to law enforcement agencies.
In July of that year, a teenage classmate contacted a Uintah County sheriff’s detective, who is also the Uintah High School’s school resources officer. The classmate said the teenager told her she was in a relationship with Repsher, the statement said. A few days later, the classmate and teen went to Repsher’s house, where the classmate said she saw Repsher kiss the teen several times.
The detective then contacted the teenager, who is now an adult, and said she wanted to talk, the press release said.
In a September interview, the woman said she had sexual encounters with Repsher on multiple occasions when she was 16 and he was teaching in high school, the statement said. All encounters took place in Uintah County at school, at Repsher’s home and in a local shop where Repsher worked, the statement said.
In a statement from the Uintah School District, Superintendent Mark Dockins said he was grateful for the detective’s work on the case.
“I’m also proud of those who came forward and spoke to investigators,” Dockins said. “This incident clearly shows the importance of school resource officers. They are an important part of our school community and the relationships they build with our administrators, teachers and students help keep our campus safe. “
The district has fully complied with the sheriff’s bureau’s investigation into Repsher’s case, the statement said.
The district conducted an internal investigation into the incident, including checking Repsher’s email account. The results of the investigation were reportedly handed over to the sheriff’s office.
According to a booking report, Repsher was booked into the Uintah County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. According to court records, the case has not yet been formally charged.