Montreia Barney: High school secretary, 49, caught engaging in sex acts with ex-student, 16, in church parking lot is charged
A 49-year-old high school secretary has been charged after a 16-year-old former student confessed to engaging in sex acts with her in a church parking lot.
Montreia Barney of Spanish Fork, Utah, has been charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a 16 or 17-year-old, a third degree felony, and obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor, according to documents filed in April in 4th District Court.
The finance secretary’s relationship with the teen began in the summer of 2010 when he returned to his former school, Mt. Nebo Jr. High School, in Payson, to visit friends.
Charged: Barney denied the inappropriate phone calls and the sexual encounter when questioned by police in March 2012
Struggled: Prosecutor Craig Johnson said the victim has found it difficult to put the experience past him
The pair began having phone sex, which culminated in a pre-arranged meeting in a church parking lot.
Over the course of 15 to 20 minutes, Barney, then 47, and the unnamed victim, engaged in a variety of sex acts in her vehicle, according to the Daily Herald.
‘It only stopped when the victim’s brother approached the vehicle and asked what was going on,’ according to court documents obtained by the newspaper.
‘The defendant told him that she had been stood up on a tennis game by a friend so she was just hanging out.’
The victim confessed to the illicit relationship during a pre-mission interview with a church leader, according to Deseret News.
But Barney denied the inappropriate phone calls and the sexual encounter when questioned by police in March 2012.
When officers said they had obtained witness accounts, however, Barney claimed to have got lost on her way to a tennis game and ended up in the church parking lot where she had had a chance meeting with the student for two or three minutes.
Prosecutor Craig Johnson said the victim has found it difficult to put the experience past him.
‘The victim is struggling, having held this in for two years,’ Johnson told the Daily Herald.
‘But now that he’s in counseling he has found the strength and courage to go forward. He does feel some relief.’
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