OGDEN — Formal charges have been filed against a Logan High School teacher accused of having sex with a teenage girl. Joseph “Scott” Harris faces six counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony.
State attorneys filed the charges against Harris Tuesday, in 2nd District Court in Ogden. They allege the 57-year-old Nibley man had sex with the 15-year-old girl at least three times, between January 3 and February 16. Each of the six charges carries a prison sentence of up to five-years if convicted.
According to charging documents, Weber County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a suspicious vehicle in West Haven on February 16. Inside were Harris and the 15-year-old girl, both partially undressed.
The girl later told deputies, she had met up with Harris multiple times for sex during the past six-and-a-half-weeks.
Harris was interviewed by detectives and said he met the girl online, claiming he thought she was 19-years-old but admitted she looked young. He described meeting up with her three times, engaging in multiple sex acts.
Harris was booked into the Weber County Jail and later released after posting $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned in court March 1.
Harris has been a teacher at Logan High School for more than 30-years. He taught career and technical education (CTE) and oversaw the school’s daily news broadcasts. He has been placed on unpaid suspension, pending the outcome of the criminal case.
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