was an LDS church member and private school teacher at Liahona Preparatory Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah; pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse charges; sentenced in 2013 to up to 20 years in prison

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10/13/11 Provo, Utah

Broch Clyde DeGraff “pled guilty forcible sexual abuse of two 16 year old girls at a school owned by The DeGraff’s but stated its curriculum is based on the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. DeGraff pled guilty to six counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse. He was originally facing 10 charges but some were dismissed in exchange for DeGraff’s plea.”

Sources
  1. Broch DeGraff
    view source details | 9 Mar 2006 | Orem-Geneva Times
  2. Ex-teacher admits sexually abusing 2 students in Pleasant Grove
    view source details | 27 Feb 2013 | Deseret News
  3. Former teacher sentenced to prison for sex abuse
    view source details | 26 Apr 2013 | Deseret News
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  • Broch DeGraff
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Orem-Geneva Times
    Date published/accessed: 9 Mar 2006
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    Elder Broch C. DeGraff [...] has recently returned from serving in the Costa Rica San Jose LDS Mission.

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    Ex-teacher admits sexually abusing 2 students in Pleasant Grove
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 27 Feb 2013
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    PROVO — A former private school instructor and coach accused of having sexual relationships with two female students has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

    Broch Clyde DeGraff, 28, pleaded guilty to six counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse, which was amended from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony, in 4th District Court Tuesday. The man was originally facing a total of 10 charges, including forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

    Those four charges were dismissed in exchange for DeGraff's plea.

    DeGraff was teaching kindergarten and coaching boys and girls soccer at Liahona Preparatory Academy when the allegations were reported to Pleasant Grove police. The relationships apparently started with text messages and escalated to late-night meetings, police said.

    Police say DeGraff fondled and sexually abused the two 16-year-old girls during separate relationships he carried on, one after the other, between October 2011 and June 2012. Some of the sexual acts occurred at Liahona Preparatory Academy and property adjacent to the school, while others took place at DeGraff's home in Pleasant Grove, according to a police affidavit.

    DeGraff was fired by Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade that bases its curriculum on values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in light of the allegations, school officials said.

    DeGraff's father, Brent, owns the school.

    Sentencing in the case has been set for April 16.

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    Former teacher sentenced to prison for sex abuse
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Deseret News
    Date published/accessed: 26 Apr 2013
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    PROVO — A former private school instructor and coach accused of having repeated sexual encounters with two female students has been ordered to prison.

    Broch Clyde DeGraff, 28, was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison by 4th District Judge Fred Howard Tuesday for two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and four counts of attempted forcible sexual abuse, a third-degree felony. Howard ordered DeGraff to zero to five years in prison for each third-degree felony and one to 15 years in prison for the two second-degree felonies.

    The judge ordered that the prison terms run concurrently, except for one zero- to five-year sentence, which will run consecutive to the other prison terms, with credit for time served. The judge also ordered the man to pay $1,061 restitution.

    DeGraff was teaching kindergarten and coaching boys and girls soccer at Liahona Preparatory Academy when the allegations about DeGraff's involvement with the two students was reported to Pleasant Grove police. The illicit relationships apparently started with text messages and escalated to late-night meetings, police said.

    Police said DeGraff fondled and sexually abused two 16-year-old girls during encounters between October 2011 and June 2012. Some of the sexual acts occurred at Liahona Preparatory Academy and property adjacent to the school, while others took place at DeGraff's home in Pleasant Grove, according to a police affidavit.

    The abuse was reported to school administrators after one of the girl's parents learned of the sexual encounters, police said.

    DeGraff was fired by Liahona Preparatory Academy, a private school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade that bases its curriculum on the values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, school officials said.

    DeGraff's father owns the school.

    DeGraff pleaded guilty to the six charges in February. He was originally facing a total of 10 charges.

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