LOGAN — A former South Cache Middle school teacher has been sentenced to jail for trying to sexually seduce a teenage student online. Duane F. Behrmann showed no emotion as Judge Brian Cannell ordered him to serve one year behind bars, and turn himself in by Saturday morning.
Behrmann appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning. In November the 51-year-old Logan man pleaded guilty to two counts of enticing a minor over the internet, a third-degree felony.
He asked the court for mercy, saying he had created his own punishment, losing the teaching job that he loved. He also expressed sorrow for the trust that he’d lost because of his mistakes.
Judge Cannell expressed frustration with Behrmann, saying the former teacher didn’t accept responsibility for his actions. “I listened for you to own what you did and you haven’t,” said the judge.
Defense attorney Kevin McGaha asked the court for a lighter sentence of three months in jail. He explained that his client never actually did any of the things he chatted about.
State attorney Jacob Gordon disagreed, explaining that Behrmann deserved to be sent to prison. He said, “I have read through every message sent to the victim, and to say they are inappropriate is the understatement of the decade.”
In December 2017, Behrmann began chatting online with the student. Throughout the exchanges, he encouraged her to engage in various sexual activities with him. He was arrested in April after the Cache County Sheriff’s Office received information about the messages from the victim’s mother.
Behrmann taught social studies at the school since 2009. After he was arrested, school district officials placed him on administrative leave. He quit shortly after.
During Thursday’s sentencing, the victim’s mother said she never thought something like this would happen to her family. She described how Behrmann knew what to say to take advantage of her daughter. She said, “I want to end this nightmare here today.”