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Former Utah middle school worker sentenced for sexually abusing teen

Courts » Jamie Lynn Greenwood, 44, gets up to 15 years for sex with 16-year-old boy.

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In August 2010, on the morning her trial was to begin, Greenwood asked Judge Robert Adkins to hear her case instead of the jury.

Prosecutors protested, but Greenwood’s attorney argued that a trained legal mind would be better able to parse the fine line between, for example, rape and unlawful sexual activity, and that the jury pool was tainted by pretrial publicity.

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Adkins granted the request, but prosecutors appealed to the Utah Supreme Court.

In December, the high court sided with the state, finding that defendants do not have the right to choose a judge over a jury unless prosecutors agree to the change.

The case was returned to the trial court, but was re-assigned to Barlow.

Barlow ordered Greenwood to begin serving her sentence immediately. She was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.


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