Former Granite District teacher charged with multiple felonies

SALT LAKE CITY — A former Granite District junior high school teacher has been charged with 16 felonies after sexually abusing a teenager.

Jeffery Luke Zawalski, 36, was initially arrested and booked in jail in September on 10 charges of sexual exploitation of a vulnerable adult, five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor and one count of enticing a minor by internet or text.

According to a probable cause statement, Zawalski—the band and music teacher at Evergreen Junior High—arranged to meet a 15-year-old “via email on five separate occasions to meet for unlawful sexual activity.”

Zawalski also asked for and received at least 10 pornographic images from the victim.

The statement says at the time of his arrest Zawalski was in possession of more than 10 images of child pornography.

Administrators at Evergreen sent an email alerting families following his arrest in September. He is no longer employed by Granite School District.

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