Ex-Carbon High School teacher charged with sexually abusing student

Eric Snow, 46, was hired at the Carbon School District in 2011 and taught English and Japanese.

A Carbon High School teacher is facing a charge of forcible sexual abuse after he allegedly slapped a student in the buttocks with a laptop charger.

The girl told investigators that Eric Snow, 46, whipped the cord at her as she bent over a desk, and when she turned around to look at Snow, he “looked at her with a grin, leaving her feeling violated and sick to her stomach,” according to charging documents filed Wednesday in Seventh District Court.

The documents allege that Snow had been “grooming” the 15-year-old for months before he hit her with the charger in February.

Carbon School District Superintendent Lance Hatch said Wednesday that Snow had worked for the school district since 2011 and taught English and Japanese at the high school, which is in Price.

Snow resigned April 6, Hatch said, about the time school district officials learned of the criminal investigation.

Hatch said the school has questioned other students about any other alleged misconduct.

“We have been as thorough, we feel, as possible in our investigation,” he said.

Hatch declined to comment on whether their investigation uncovered additional accusations. A spokesperson for the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies investigated the case, also declined to comment on the potential for additional charges.

Jail records show Snow was not in custody Wednesday evening. Seventh District Court Judge George M. Harmond Jr. issued a summons for Snow on Wednesday afternoon that requires he appear for court on July 6.