Suspended LHS teacher pleads guilty to having sex with teenage girl

OGDEN — Suspended Logan High School teacher, Joseph “Scott” Harris has pleaded guilty to having sex with a teenage girl. The 58-year-old Nibley man accepted a plea deal earlier this summer that will keep him from going to trial.

Court records show Harris pleaded guilty in July to one count of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony, and two counts of sexual battery, amended to a class A misdemeanor. As part of the agreement, prosecutors dropped the three remaining charges against him.

Judge Michael Direda ordered Harris to be sentenced September 6.

Weber County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Harris February 16, after finding him inside a car with a 15-year-old girl. The two were parked alongside a road in West Haven and were both partially undressed.

The girl later told deputies, she had met up with Harris multiple times for sex during the past six-and-a-half-weeks.

Harris was interviewed by detectives and said he met the girl online, claiming he thought she was 19-years-old but admitted she looked young. He described meeting up with her three times, engaging in multiple sex acts.

Harris was booked into the Weber County Jail. He was later released after posting $30,000 bail.

Harris has been a teacher at Logan High School for more than 30-years. He taught career and technical education (CTE) and oversaw the school’s daily news broadcasts. He has been placed on unpaid suspension, pending the outcome of the criminal case.

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