Sunday, March 8, 2009

Linda Nef and Valynne Bowers, Female Teachers From Bountiful, Utah Arrested For Sex Abuse, Posted by Robert Paisola

From parents to students to the Davis School District Administration, there is disbelief over the news that two popular Bountiful Jr. High School teachers admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old boy.

“I was totally shocked,” said Lorri Flake, a parent of a student at Bountiful Jr. High. “It blows me away-- it's pretty sad.”

“It happened both at private homes and in public parks,” said Lt. Randy Pickett, Bountiful Police Department.

Earlier this week, 46-year-old Linda Nef-- a Utah Studies teacher and the school's cheerleading advisor suddenly resigned-- then Thursday, showed up with her attorney at the Bountiful Police Department with a shocking confession. From December 2007 to February 2008, she said she had been having sex with a student 33 years her junior.

“She also disclosed that there was a second teacher also sexually involved with the same student,” Lt. Pickett said.

Police say Nef found out the same boy was currently sexually involved with one of her colleagues, 39-year-old Valynn Bowers-- a math teacher. Fear of the news spreading prompted her to fess up.

“All kinds of eyebrows are raised because two teachers in one school,” said Chris Williams, spokesperson for Davis County School District.

Williams says no matter who initiated the contact, the fault lies with the teachers.

“That student, no matter what the age cannot give consent,” he said. “We have adults that crossed over a line they never should have crossed.”

Williams says the administration held a meeting with all of the teachers and staff at the school to explain the situation. Bowers is currently on paid administrative leave and is in the Davis County jail. Nef was booked and released until her first court appearance.

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