BOUNTIFUL — Bountiful police arrested a schoolteacher and basketball coach from a Kaysville charter school on allegations that he sexually abused one of his female players.
Stephen Niedzwiecki was taken into custody on Monday, Dec. 3 on suspicion of two counts of forcible sex abuse, two counts of object rape, six counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted rape.
As it does with all staff, the school completed a background check on him before he was hired, school director Jane Muna wrote in a press release. The school added that it has practices and policies in place where students can report incidents of this nature.
The alleged abuse started in 2011, according to police, but did not occur at the school. Rather, it took place in multiple places along the Wasatch Front and at Niedzwiecki’s home in Bountiful.
Police were alerted to the situation on Saturday after the alleged victim’s parents reported it to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services and to the police.
Detectives interviewed her and Niedzwiecki and decided there was enough of a case to go forward with the charges and an arrest, said Bountiful Police Asst. Chief Ed Biehler.
Niedzwiecki is 33 years old. The alleged victim was his student when she was 14 years old, and the abuse took place when she was 15. It was “consensual other than she can’t give consent,” Biehler said.
Niedzwiecki was a coach of basketball players in the seventh through ninth grades and a science teacher for seventh-through-ninth graders until the end of the 2011-2012 school year. He left voluntarily to seek other employment, the school reports.
When he was arrested, he was employed at Quest Academy, a charter school in West Haven.
Niedzwiecki is being held in the Davis County Jail without the possibility of bail. He had not seen a judge by press time on Thursday. Police were not familiar with him before this incident, Biehler said.
Jefferson Academy teaches students from kindergarten through ninth grade. It has pledged commitment to the safety of its students and promised to fully cooperate with authorities in the case.
Before May of 2012, Jefferson Academy was named Oquirrh Mountain Charter School.