Former Teacher Charged in Rape Case

A former middle school teacher from Blacksburg is back in Virginia to face charges of having sex with a 12-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.

A Montgomery County judge appointed an attorney Wednesday for 65-year-old Jonathan Utin of Blacksburg. The judge appointed Stephanie Cox to defend Utin on 10 statutory rape charges dating to 1970 and 1971.

Utin was a Blacksburg Middle School science teacher from 1968 to 2003, and had been a gymnastics coach, Sunday school teacher and swim club manager in the Blacksburg area.

Utin was arrested in Blacksburg last year and was questioned by police from Ohio. Police say Utin confessed that he had molested children over three decades.

Utin pleaded guilty in April in Butler County, Ohio, to eight counts of rape and eight counts of gross sexual imposition of another girl younger than 10.

He will continue to serve a 15-year prison sentence in Ohio while he is in the Montgomery County Jail. If he is convicted in Virginia, he must complete his Ohio sentence before serving time here.


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