was a Mormon church member and schoolteacher in Utah; honored as teacher of the year twice at local schools; sentenced to prison in 2007 for sexually molesting a male student; accused of sexually abusing many other little boys in his classes

Alan Willey Case Summary

Alan Willey was a Mormon church member and school teacher in Utah for nearly 30 years, from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s.

Willey was arrested in 2006 by Logan City Police on nine counts of aggravated forcible sex abuse of a child. He was booked into the Cache County Jail following allegations brought by a former student and corroborated by fellow students from a 1994 Wilson Elementary fourth-grade class.

He posted his $180,000 bail that same night.

He pleaded not guilty on all counts, and the trial went to jury.

He was sentenced to prison in 2007 for seven felony counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child.

In 2011, Willey filed a lawsuit against the State of Utah in an attempt to reverse his conviction, arguing that his defense attorneys failed to call an expert witness on human memory to the stand.

The Utah Court of Appeals in 2011 issued its memorandum decision, saying Willey’s appellate argument amounted to nothing more than a “rehashing” of evidence presented in district court. They said the defendant failed to challenge the factual findings in the case and show that his attorneys’ decision to exclude the memory expert was not a good trial strategy.

Willey never married. All of his confirmed and alleged victims were young boys.

As of 2023, Willey lives in Sandy, Utah in a house he bought in 2016.

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