VERNAL— A former Uintah High School teacher has been arrested on allegations of unlawful sexual activity with a 16 year old, 3 years after the allegations originally arose.
33-year-old Rodd Adam Repsher was arrested on October 23, 2019 by the Uintah County Sherriff’s Office on investigation of 6 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old.
In July of 2019, almost 3 years after the original accusations were made, a witness came forward and provided further details of the intimacy between the teacher and the teen to Uintah County Sheriff's Detective Jason Turnbow.
The victim’s classmate told Detective Turnbow that Repsher and the victim had entered into a relationship, that there had been instances of kissing on multiple occasions and that the two had plans to move out of state together. The witness also accused Repsher of kissing female students in the cheek and slapping them on the buttocks when they “needed comfort” at school.
Repsher was originally accused of sexual misconduct in 2016 when a fellow teacher at the high school witnessed him alone in his classroom with the 16-year-old student. The teacher reported seeing the teenage girl sitting on the counter, with her legs spread and Repsher pressed up against her.
Repsher admitted to his teaching peer that he had feelings for the student and that the two planned to move out of state together. He allegedly also admitted to kissing the teen on several occasions.
At the time Repsher was in his 4th year of teaching at Uintah High School. Following the allegations, Uintah School District immediately placed Repsher on administrative leave and later terminated him.
No charges were filed at the time because of the lack of evidence that existed. At the time, the victim did not disclose any details to law-enforcement and no evidence was discovered in a search of Repsher’s school email account.
After receiving new information in July of 2019 Detective Turnbow contacted the victim, who now lives in another state and is an adult. Turnbow arranged for a detective in that state to interview the victim about the encounters.
The victim was interviewed in September 2019 and disclosed that she and Repsher had repeatedly engaged in sexual activity at the school, at Repsher’s home and at another local business where Repsher also worked at the time.
Uintah School District Superintendent Mark Dockins said of the investigation, "I am grateful for the dedication shown by Detective Turnbow and the other investigators in this case. I am also proud of those who came forward and spoke with investigators.”
"This incident clearly illustrates the importance of school resource officers," Dockins added. "They are a vital part of our school community and the relationships they form with our administrators, teachers and students help keep our campuses safe."
The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the other allegations that were made, to determine if there were any other juvenile victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 435-789-2511.