Former Teacher Pleads Guilty To Rape

August 13, 2007

A former Blacksburg teacher pleaded guilty to the rape of an 11-year-old girl Monday.

65-year-old Jonathan Utin plead guilty to ten counts of rape for abusing the girl in 1970 and 1971. Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Brad Finch said that Utin began having sex with the girl when she was 11 and continued the abuse for several years.

According to Finch the victim says the abuse happened about once a week until 1974 and that Utin had threatened to hurt a boy who had witnessed Utin fondling the girl.

Under an agreement with prosecutors Utin will serve 40 years in prison. Utin taught science at a Blacksburg middle school from 1968 until 2003, and was a gymnastics coach, Sunday school teacher, and swim club manager in the area.

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