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Utah middle school teacher faces sex abuse charges

Published May 8, 2014 3:23 pm

Crime • Four girls claim teacher touched their buttocks over their clothes.
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On Monday, a former Kamas middle school teacher accused of sexually abusing his students will find out if it's going to be a lot more expensive to get out of jail the second time around.

Rory Bowen, 35, faces four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

Bowen was originally charged with only one similar count last month in 3rd District Court. He was arrested and booked into the Summit County jail, but was released shortly after by posting $20,000 bail.

But after three more alleged student victims came forward and prosecutors filed three new charges on May 1, the state requested that the court increase Bowen's bail to at least $150,000, a matter scheduled to go before a judge on Monday.

According to the initial charges, a 13-year-old girl alleges that Bowen, her 7th-grade math teacher at South Summit Middle School, touched her buttocks over her clothing on multiple occasions from Aug. 27, 2013 to March 17. The alleged touching occurred in Bowen's classroom when she asked him for help after class, according to the charges.

The last incident occurred just shortly before Bowen resigned, the charges add.

Three more girls in Bowen's math class, all ages 12 and 13, have similarly reported that the teacher touched their buttocks over their clothing one or more times during the same time frame.

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