Conviction of former teacher aide charged with sex abuse upheld

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a former West Jordan Middle School teacher aide charged with sex abuse.

Andrea Billingsley, 31, was accused of sexually abusing two teenagers in 2009. She was found guilty of rape, forcible sodomy and forcible sex abuse in 2010.

A district court judge ordered a retrial based on a several reported errors days before Billingsley was to be sentenced to life in prison. The Utah Supreme Court has overturned that judge’s order for a retrial.

Billingsley will be in court on May 16 for a status conference.

Billingsley denies the allegations and has said the two teens made the accusations up.

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