- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) - A former teacher and basketball coach from Kaysville has pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from a sexual relationship with his former student.

Thirty-four-year-old Stephen Paul Niedzwiecki pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a 16- or 17-year-old. He originally faced counts of forcible sodomy, attempted rape and forcible sexual abuse.

The 17-year-old victim said she felt betrayed by the deal.

She told police that the sexual abuse began in 2011, after she finished ninth grade at Jefferson Academy in Kaysville, and continued until the fall of 2012.

Prosecutors say Niedzwiecki “groomed” the girl while he was her teacher, but settled on lesser charges because he was no longer her teacher when the relationship turned sexual.


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