Female Teacher Faces Rape Charges

Former Utah teacher faces another rape charge as prosecutors find third victim

Brianne Land Altice, 35, is now charged with five counts of rape after a third victim described sexual encounters with the former teacher at Davis High School. She is already accused of raping two other young students in 2013.

Another teen has spoken out against an ex-Utah teacher accused of raping students at Davis High School.

Prosecutors discovered a third victim of Brianne Land Altice, the 35-year-old English teacher who allegedly seduced a 16 and 17-year-old boy for several months in 2013, landing her a fifth count of rape, according to the desert News.

Altice’s trial, initially set for September, had already been delayed due to a second victim who surfaced.

She was arrested by Layton police in October 2013 after a friend of the first victim reported his alleged sexual exploits that spanned half a year with Altice to authorities.

The victim claimed to have flirted with Altice while volunteering as a teacher’s assistant until she gave into sex, but he later felt guilty. Their encounters included the teacher’s home, a park and a church parking lot.

Her time with the 16-year-old victim overlapped encounters with a second victim that lasted from April to June 2013.

The third victim believes the rapes happened in either August or September, according to the Standard-Examiner.

Altice’s charges now include five counts of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy and three counts of forcible sexual abuse. Her next hearing for the latest charges is scheduled for Jan. 15.

Child Killed In Washing Machine

Joseph Blocker
Joseph Blocker

Texas Dad freed after son killed in washing machine

Joseph Blocker was facing capital murder charges in the death of his 4-year-old son, Koda, but Garland police turned him loose Friday. Investigators say more work is needed.

A Texas Dad, who was jailed after his 4-year-old’s washing machine death, walked free on Friday as cops vowed to keep investigating. Garland police dropped capital murder charges against 28-year-old Joseph Blocker, saying they have more work to do. “There comes a time when you need to file formal charges, and we’re not there yet,” police spokesman Joe Harn told the Dallas Morning News. “You’ve got to get everything right — especially a capital murder.”

Blocker called 911 on Tuesday afternoon to report injuries to his boy, Koda, but the child was already dead when emergency responders arrived, authorities said. The little boy was apparently trapped inside a washing machine and sent tumbling when someone hit the power button on the front-loader, authorities said. “That door has to be shut and then someone has to push a button on the outside to get that started,” Harn told Fox 4 on Wednesday. “It does not start by automatically shutting that door.” Investigators were still waiting an official cause of death, but Koda’s injuries match the inside of the washing machine, police said.

Blocker was arrested shortly after the boy’s body was discovered, despite the support of friends and relatives who told reporters the father of two would never harm his son. Blocker’s other child, age 22 months, is with the mother, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Cops haven’t revealed what led them to release Blocker, but his attorney issued a statement of gratitude, calling the recent days “very tragic and deeply emotional.”

“We are thankful for his release and applaud the officers of the Garland Police Department for their professionalism during the investigation,” attorney Chris Knox said. “However, Mr. Blocker and his family have suffered a tremendous loss and, because of the whirlwind of activity, have not yet been able to properly grieve.”