Utah teacher Sarah Lewis is free after being accused of raping a student, NY Daily News reports.
Lewis’ public defender Tom Means found an amended statute in Utah Code that suggests rape charges “can be lessened in cases involving sexual contact with minors ages 16 or 17 and people in positions ‘of special trust.'”
Positions of special trust include “an adult teacher, employee or volunteer.”
The charges against Lewis had been reduced, but were further lessened to a third-degree felony after Means’ discovery, KUTV 2 reported.
Lewis was initially charged with first-degree felony rape after admitting to having sex with an unidentified 17-year-old student. Those charges became Forcible Sexual Abuse, KUTV reported.
She was advised by Means to plead guilty.
Lewis was released Utah State Prison after 195 days, and is on probation.
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