High School Football Coach Charged with Sexual Acts Against Student Girls

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UTAH – Curtis Ware, a Grantsville High football coach and long-term special education substitute teacher, has been accused of disgusting acts of illegal sexual activity with two teenage girls. Ware is facing charges of forcible sex abuse, sexual battery and lewdness involving a minor.

Ware’s arrest was made Thursday after Grantsville High principal, Mark Ernst, learned about the sexual misconduct with the 16- and 17-year-old girls on Wednesday. While police are aware that they know incidents occurred in Grantsville and Cedar City, they aren’t sure how many times, when or how long the reported activity has occurred. “That’s one thing that we’re working on is putting exactly a timeline together and how far back we might be looking,” revealed Grantsville Police Chief Kevin Turner.

The Tooele County School District conducted an internal investigation, with Ware being immediately placed on administrative leave with pay. The school district said it is following due process for his eventual termination as being an educator.

An emotional Principal Mark Ernst spoke of the incident on Friday, commenting how difficult it’s been for the entire community:

“I don’t want to believe that this happened… with one of my teachers, or to some of the students that I supervise… You know, being a principal, it’s a very personal thing and you look at them as your own kids. It’s been an emotional time. We’re a small community and in Grantsville, the school is the heart of that community.”

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