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Bountiful • A former Davis High School teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sexual contact with three male students.

Brianne Altice, 35, wept as she pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.

As part of a plea deal, 11 other felony charges were dismissed relating to allegations that the former English teacher had sexual relationships with three teen boys beginning in 2013. Those charges included counts of first-degree felony sodomy and rape, as well as charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and dealing in harmful material to a minor.

Altice faces a possible one-to-15 year prison term on each count when she is sentenced May 28 by 2nd District Judge Thomas Kay.

No sentencing recommendation was agreed upon between the attorneys, and Deputy Davis County Attorney Susan Hunt told the judge that prosecutors will likely ask for a prison sentence.

Hunt said the three victims supported the plea agreement, adding that the deal was reached after Kay ruled last month that Altice would face separate trials for each victim.

"This resolution does meet the needs of justice," Hunt said, "but lets us deal with the risks, had the cases gone to trial."

Altice's attorney, Edward Brass, said their reasoning was similar, and they also wanted to resolve a case "that would have an uncertain outcome at trial."

Among the initial charges filed against Altice were seven first-degree felonies, each carrying a potential sentence of up to life in prison.

The former teacher admitted in plea agreement documents that she touched the genitals of three individuals from January to September of 2013. Each of the three teen boys testified at separate preliminary hearings that they had sexual intercourse with the teacher.

Two of the students have sued the Davis County School District, alleging the district was negligent in hiring and retaining Altice.

One of the lawsuits 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 second lawsuit claims the students at times skipped other classes to spend entire school days in Altice's classroom, texted her and made sexual comments to her, the lawsuit alleges.

Altice, in turn, confided in the boys about her marital problems, the lawsuit claims. Eventually, she began seeing them after school and having sex with them, according to the complaint.

The liaisons were discussed among other students at Davis High, where "the running joke … was, 'Who is Ms. Altice sleeping with now?' " the lawsuit states.

Altice is being held in the Davis County jail. Brass asked Wednesday that she be released before her sentencing date, but the judge denied the request.

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