Two junior high school teachers from Utah are accused of sexual assault after police say they individually had sex with the same 13-year-old student. Linda R. Nef, 46, and Valynne Bowers, 39, are both facing first-degree felony charges of rape and sodomy on a child.
Teacher Sex Investigation
Investigators say Linda Nef and Valynne Bowers — both teachers at Bountiful Junior High, near Salt Lake City — each confessed to having a sexual relationship with the teenager. Investigators do not believe either woman knew about the other’s involvement until recently.
According to local media reports, both women progressed from personal talks to text message and phone sex, then to actual physical contact. Detectives say the sexual assaults took place at various homes, parking lots, and parks.
Nef, who taught Utah studies and advised Bountiful’s cheerleading squad, told police she had been engaged in a sexual relationship with the boy since October of 2007. Bowers’ physical relationship with the boy is believed to have started this past December.
The Teachers’ Status
Nef resigned from her teaching position on Monday, reports indicate. She had been with the district since 2004. Her first court appearance is scheduled for March 27.
Bowers, on the other hand, is on administrative leave during the investigation. She has been teaching in the district since 1996, though she reportedly was an elementary school teacher until 2006. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing and is now set to be formally charged on March 16.