was a Mormon elementary school teacher and BYU-Idaho adjunct professor who sexually abused a 12-year-old child; pleaded guilty to sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of attempt to commit child molestation; sentenced to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after

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LDS Kenne Worthen, “A married Mormon elementary school teacher had a sexual relationship with one of his 12-year-old students – and was only stopped when her classmates told other teachers, police have revealed.”

“Kenne Worthen, 27, allegedly started flirting with the sixth grader at Longview Elementary School in Phoenix last August and the relationship turned sexual in January, FoxlO reported.” Worthen, “is also an International Pathway Adjunct Professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he teaches life skills and English to international students, according to his Linkedin page.”

‘Mr. Worthen was employed by the university as an online adjunct instructor,’ a university spokesperson told DailyMail.com. ‘However, his employment was terminated as soon as the university was made aware of his arrest.”

“He has also previously held after-school teacher roles in Idaho and volunteered as a Boy Scouts supervisor, according to his Linkedin page. The profile also suggests he is a follower of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.”

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    • Video title: Phoenix teacher’s arrest alarming schools and neighbors
    • Video description: Kenne Worthen now facing five felony charges.

Case information sources

  1. Former Phoenix teacher sentenced to 25 years in prison
    view source details | 21 Apr 2015 | Daily Mail
  2. Married elementary school teacher had sexual relations with 12-year-old student: cops
    view source details | 21 Apr 2015 | New York Daily News
  3. Phoenix teacher gets 25 years in prison for sex with preteen
    view source details | 5 Aug 2016 | AZ Central

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