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Brianne Altice is accused of having sex with three teenagers who were students at Davis High School. Last week, one of those students sued the school district.
A notice included in the lawsuit says the former student and his family is seeking at least $674,000. The lawsuit accuses the Davis County School District of being negligent when it hired and retained Altice, 35, and being responsible for her sexual pursuit of the plaintiff and the emotional damages it inflicted.
Allegations in the lawsuit largely repeats what has already been testified to in criminal courts that Altice and the then-17-year-old began a relationship in early 2013 while Altice was an English teacher at Davis High School. There were flirtations during class, texting during school hours and rendezvous on school grounds.
The lawsuit says the district once reprimanded Altice after seeing photographs of her having "inappropriate contact with students," but the district did not terminate her or sufficiently supervise her.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in state court in Farmington. The Tribune does generally not name victims of suspected sexual abuse.
When reached late Tuesday, school district spokesman Chris Williams said he was unaware of the lawsuit and could not comment.
Shortly after Altice's arrest in 2013, Williams said of teachers: "They are held to a higher standard. They know that and the law treats them at that higher standard as well."
Altice is accused of having sexual relationships with three male students since 2013. The alleged sex with the third student occurred after she was out on bail facing charges for sex with the first two students.
When a judge learned that in January 2015, he revoked Altice's bail. She is currently awaiting trial in the Davis County jail.
She is facing a total of 14 felony charges in Utah courts: five counts of first-degree felony rape, two counts of first-degree felony forcible sodomy, three counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse, along with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of dealing harmful material to a minor, all third-degree felonies.