CLEARFIELD — Police have arrested a former Clearfield High School teacher on allegations he raped a 17-year-old student in a classroom closet three years ago.
The Clearfield Police Department said in charging documents it opened an investigation in September after the alleged victim, now an adult, reported that Miles Christopher Nance, 39, sexually groomed and then abused her by ‘she.
Nance was arrested Wednesday and taken to Davis County Jail in Farmington on suspicion of rape and forced sodomy, both first-degree felonies; sexual exploitation of a minor, a second degree crime; and trafficking in material harmful to a minor, a third degree felony.
The woman told police she was going through a difficult time in her life during the 2018-2019 school year when she took a French course taught by Nance. She said he emailed the school offering his support and then communicated with her via private email and Snapchat.
The conversations gradually became more inappropriate and on Snapchat they “played out sexual scenarios”, according to the arrest affidavit. Nance allegedly asked her to send him nude photos of herself and he sent her explicit photos and videos of himself, according to the document.
The woman reported that Nance performed a sex act on her in a classroom closet and that they had sex in a closet on another occasion, according to the affidavit.
Nance also allegedly had a Reddit account called “daddy’s gone crazy” which showed nude photos of him. He shared the story with the girl, and police say they interviewed another person who saw the story with the alleged victim.
A search of the Utah State Board of Education’s active teacher database returned no results for Nance on Thursday. A Davis School District spokesperson said Nance taught at Clearfield High for five years before teaching at Mueller Park Junior High until November 2021.
“The Davis School District is committed to protecting students and does not tolerate sexual harassment or sexual violence in our schools or school communities,” read a statement from the district. “The safety of our students is our top priority.”
Nance was sentenced to detention without bail. Formal charges had not been filed Thursday afternoon.
According to court records, a woman was granted a sexual violence protection order against Nance on November 3.