A former Utah private school teacher waived his preliminary hearing rights in a sex abuse case he’s involved in pending a plea deal with local prosecutors.
Broch DeGraff is accused of multiple sex abuse charges stemming from his alleged relationships with two students at the school he used to teach and coach at. Forcible sodomy and forcible sexual abuse are first and second degree felonies, respectively. His accusers, two 16-year-old girls, were supposedly involved in separate sexual relationships with the defendant from October 2011 to June 2012.
Forcible sodomy is defined as:
• engaging in any sexual act with a person who 14 years old or older involving the genitals of one person and mouth or anus of another person, regardless of the sex of either participant
Forcible sex abuse is:
• one person touching the anus, buttocks, genitals, female breast or otherwise taking indecent liberties with an individual who is at least 14 years old, without his or her consent
A second degree felony conviction carries the potential penalty of 1-15 years in prison, while a first degree felony conviction may send a person to prison for at least 5 years and up to life. Due to the possible severity of such sentences, it’s vital that a person facing criminal charges get immediate assistance from an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney.
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