[Resolved] Alpine Academy / Sex & rape charges
Alpine Academy in Utah had a teacher rape a student, beware of sending your kids there or they may get more than you are wanting.
A Kaysville man who worked as a resident supervisor at Alpine Academy in Erda near Tooele has been charged with raping one of the school’s female students.
Jonathan Carver, 29, was a house parent at the residential counseling program, called alpine academy which specializes in helping girls with behavioral or emotional issues. He was responsible for the daily tracking, well-being and safety of the 17-year-old victim, who lived at alpine academy for several months during 2008.
Carver began having sexual relations with the victim in October 2008, according to a probable cause statement. Most of the time the sex acts happened in alpine academy’s recreation room when no one was around. Other times they occurred in Carver’s bedroom or shower when his wife, who also lived at alpine academy, was away.
Carver also reportedly took advantage of the girl in a parking lot at the Salt Lake International Airport after dropping off several other girls who were flying home for visits. The victim was also scheduled to go home that day, but her flight was later than the others, the probable cause statement said.
After the victim completed the program at alpine academy and returned home, her father contacted authorities because he was concerned about the ongoing communication between Carver and his daughter, according to Alpine Academy program director Janet Mulitalo, who oversees all operations at the school. That’s when police initiated an investigation into possible criminal behavior.
During a police interview, the victim identified over 20 occasions in which Carver engaged in sexual intercourse with her. Carver allegedly asked the girl not to speak with law enforcement about the relationship, according to court documents.
Carver was charged with four counts of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy — all first-degree felonies — and tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony. During his first appearance Wednesday morning in 3rd District Court, he was appointed a public defender to represent him. Judge Stephen Henriod set bail at $100, 000, cash only.
The charges came as a shock to Alpine Academy officials, which employ strict rules to ensure the safety of the nearly 50 students in their care, Mulitalo said.
“It’s our policy that we hire them as a couple so they leave as a couple, ” Mulitalo said.
Carver and his wife began work at alpine academy in June 2008. Carver passed a background check, and regular supervision from administrative teams and monthly interviews conducted with students never gave any cause for concern, Mulitalo said.
Obviously the background checks didn't work. Please be aware of sending your kids to alpine academy, they may get more than you bargained for.
Alpine Academy customer care service did everything in their power to resolve this complaint. All attempts to contact the client have failed. Therefore, this complaint has been annulled and must not be considered where company image and it's services are concerned.