LOGAN — A former South Cache Middle teacher has admitted to seducing a teenage student online.
Duane F. Behrmann appeared in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon. The 51-year-old Logan man was scheduled for a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would have presented their evidence in the case. However, after attorneys for both sides met with the judge in chambers, he waived his right to the hearing and accepted a plea deal.
As part of the agreement, Behrmann pleaded guilty to two counts of enticing a minor over the internet, a second and also third-degree felony. The three remaining charges against him were dropped by prosecutors.
State attorney Jacob Gordon explained to the court how Behrmann began chatting online with a student in December 2017. Throughout the exchanges, he encouraged her to engage in various sexual activities with him.
It is not believed Behrmann ever convinced the victim to participate in any of the acts. He was arrested in April after Cache County Sheriff’s detectives received information about the chats. He was questioned and later booked into the Cache County Jail.
Behrmann taught social studies at the school since 2009. After he was arrested, school district officials placed him on administrative leave. He is no longer employed with the district.
During Thursday’s court appearance, Behrmann spoke only briefly, telling the court he was willing to waive his rights to a trial and that he was guilty.
Judge Brian Cannell scheduled sentencing for January 3. He also ordered the defendant to continue to have only limited access to the internet, for work or research purposes.
Detectives do not believe there are any other victims. Behrmann is currently out of jail on bail. He could face up to 15-years in prison.