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Viewmont High teacher charged with sex abuse of teen girl

A chemistry teacher who taught part-time at Viewmont High School has been charged with multiple counts of rape and sodomy of a 16-year-old girl.
A chemistry teacher who taught part-time at Viewmont High School has been charged with multiple counts of rape and sodomy of a 16-year-old girl.
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FARMINGTON — A man who taught part-time at Viewmont High School has been charged with multiple counts of rape and sodomy of a 16-year-old girl.

Douglas B. Tate, 69, of Kaysville, is charged in 2nd District Court with three counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of object rape, first-degree felonies. He is also charged with two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony, and tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony.

A $50,000 warrant was issued Friday for Tate's arrest.

Tate taught chemistry part-time at Viewmont High School in Bountiful. He was removed from the classroom and placed on paid leave Nov. 22 and then resigned on Nov. 30, according to Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams. He was hired in 2008.

Williams said there is no evidence indicating that any student from Viewmont or the district was abused by Tate.

The case is being investigated by Farmington police. The department has declined to comment about the case.

The abuse is alleged to have occurred between July 22 and Aug. 1. A 16-year-old girl told police that she was abused in Farmington and in Layton, according to charging documents.

"During the dates of the offenses, the defendant occupied a position of special trust in relation to the victim," the charges state.

On Nov. 22, Tate sent the girl a text "telling her that the abuse had been reported to his employer," according to the charges. Court documents do not indicate who reported the alleged abuse.

Tate also sent the girl texts saying, "Does anybody know?" and "Please don't say anything," and asked her to "get rid of everything" on her phone, the charges state.

On Nov. 24, authorities in Tooele County found Tate's car parked in the brush on Settlement Canyon Road, according to a Tooele County sheriff's report. The car was covered with snow and was believed to have been there all night.

Tate was found inside the car, unresponsive in the back seat with an empty vodka bottle and two bottles of prescription medication, the report states.

Tate began moving after the officer knocked on the window and opened the door. He was hospitalized and later charged in Tooele Justice Court with DUI, a class A misdemeanor.