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December 17, 2013
Suspended Grantsville High teacher pleads guilty to lewdness

A Grantsville High School teacher who was suspended by the Tooele County School District in October after being investigated for criminal allegations has pleaded guilty to that charge.

Lorenzo Degraffenreidt, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor, Friday in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City.

Degraffenreidt, a choir, guitar and Spanish teacher at GHS, was in a steam room in a Salt Lake-area gym last August when another man, Gregory Pierce, 47, reportedly came into the steam room and sat next to him.

Degraffenreidt then began committing a lewd act on himself, and Pierce alledgedly began doing same on himself. A 12-year-old boy was also present in the steam room.

Pierce was also charged with the same crime along with Degraffenreidt in October. His next court appearance is on Dec. 31.

Degraffenreidt, who was suspended with pay from his position, will next appear in court for sentencing on Jan. 31. Regardless of the court proceedings, Degraffenreidt’s teaching license will be reviewed by the Utah State Board of Education. He is still suspended pending the outcome of the case and review.

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