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Farmington • When asked Friday to describe his relationship with Brianne Altice, the teenage boy said she was his "teacher with benefits."
On the stand during a preliminary hearing for the former Davis High School teacher, the now 18-year-old gave graphic details about how he went from being Altice's student to allegedly having sex with the woman in his Farmington home.
The 35-year-old woman is charged in Farmington's 2nd District Court with four counts of first-degree felony rape and two counts of first-degree felony forcible sodomy accused of having sexual relationships with two of her former students.
After hearing testimony from the teen, Judge John Morris ruled there was probable cause for Altice to stand trial on one count of rape and one count of forcible sodomy.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Cristina Ortega also asked the judge to add more charges to Altice's case after hearing the teen's testimony: three counts of forcible sexual abuse, all second-degree felonies. The judge granted the request, and now the former teacher faces nine felony charges.
Altice will be in court again on Oct. 9.
The teen testified that he was 17 years old when a relationship with Altice took place between April and June of last year a relationship that began with kissing between class periods and eventually lead to intercourse, he said.
At a preliminary hearing in February the first boy testified that he was 16 years old when he had several sexual encounters with Altice between January and September of 2013. At that hearing, a judge found there was probable cause and ordered the woman to stand trial on three counts of rape and one charge of forcible sodomy.
A trial had been scheduled for this month, but prosecutors filed additional charges in July related to the second boy's allegations. That teen testified on Friday that he told authorities about his relationship with the former teacher in October of last year the same day she was arrested for charges related to the first teen.
But in July, he went to prosecutors and told them it was all lie.
"I felt sorry for her kids more than her," he testified on Friday. "Obviously, she knew what she was doing. I was just thinking about her kids, how I grew up without my mom."
However, on the stand Friday, he testified that he was telling the truth, and that the inappropriate relationship happened.
During cross-examination, Altice's attorney, Edward Brass, peppered the teen with questions mostly concerning dates and the timeframe in which the alleged sexual contact occurred.
Prosecutors say the teacher acknowledged to investigators that she had engaged in sex with the 16-year-old boy on two occasions. But Brass has asked the judge to not allow those statements at her trial, arguing that she was intimidated by the eight to 10 male officers who came to her home last October to interview her about the allegations. Brass argued that the officers would not let her care for children, call an attorney or use the restroom for nearly four hours as they questioned her.
"Her statements were coerced and involuntary and were taken in violation of her so-called Miranda rights," Brass argued in court papers. "The evidence she provided was the product of that tainted statement."
The former teacher has been free on $10,000 bail since her arrest. She was on paid leave until she was fired Feb. 3.
Altice, whose husband filed for divorce and custody of their child in December, was hired by the Davis County School District in 2004; she had been teaching at the high school since August 2012.