Utah teacher charged with 12 new counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child

Curtis Payne (Photo: Washington County)

UPDATE: KUTV's DJ Bolerjack hears from a former student of southern Utah music teacher, Curtis Payne, who faces a total of 17 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

The ages of the victims range from 14-30-years-old.

This is a developing story, and 2News will update it as further details become available.

(KUTV) - St. George detectives arrested former Utah school teacher Curtis Payne for 12 additional counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

Payne had been arrested last month after an accusation by a child.

These new charges come from follow-up investigations which helped identify additional victims, aged 14 to 30 years old.

The abuse allegations span the length of Payne's career.

"Many of the interviews resulted in disclosures that described similar patterns of conduct which involved touching and other behavior by Mr. Payne; however, many of the incidents had not progressed to the point where criminal violations occurred. Other disclosures did provide sufficient evidence that crimes were committed and charges have been filed as a result," according to a St. George Police Department press release.

32 interviews have happened during this investigation.

The investigation is still active and police will not provide further details until the case is completed.

If you know anything about abuse by Payne, please contact the investigations Tip Line at 435-627-4338.

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