Grantsville High teacher accused of student sexual abuse

Grantsville High teacher and coach was arrested after a student accused him of sexual abuse.

Richard Craig Harrison, who performs under the name Craig Harrison, is suspected of touching the girl seven times in 2017 and 2018, according to a statement of probable cause. The alleged groping took place at school – in a closet, gym, portable classroom and refrigerator, the document states.

According to police, the girl “felt she had to do what Harrison asked her to do.”

Harrison, 33, has been employed in the district for seven years. He teaches physical education and health at Grantsville High and has been a track coach and assistant football, basketball and golf coach. Tooele County School District has paid leave until the investigation. (The state code mandates paid leave until employees resign or are informed that the district intends to end it.)

Court documents claim that after he touched the girl, he sent her text messages “asking if she was okay.” He also told her to “make sure she deleted her messages” and “not tell anyone” what happened, according to a statement of probable cause.

After the girl checked in, Tooel County Sheriff’s Office investigators had her called Harrison as part of a “pretext” under law enforcement, the document said. The summons attempts illegal incriminating statements from suspected perpetrators.

In an interview, Harrison said he “vaguely remembers” groping the girl, as court records suggest. After his arrest, Harrison admitted that he grabbed the girl “while they were in the gym with a group of students hanging out.”

Harrison was placed in Tooele County Prison for investigating rape, first-degree crime and nine cases of violent sexual abuse, second-degree crimes.

“During this process, we will continue to work with the Grantsville Police Department and invite anyone with additional information to contact them as well,” the district said in a statement.

As a national football player when he attended Grantsville High, Harrison played a quarterback for Snow College and then moved to Utah, where he played 20 games in 2012-14.

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