Trial for former teacher accused of raping students set to begin in Rawlins

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The trial for former Glenrock special education teacher Jonathon Moser, 34, who is accused of abusing kids in two school districts, is scheduled to begin next week in Rawlins.
The judicial assistant for Carbon County District Court said that Moser’s trial will begin July 19.
It is currently slated to last four days, but the length of the trial could be shorter or longer than that, according to officials. 
Moser faces a first-degree sexual abuse of a minor charge, a felony, for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a student during detention. He also faces three felony charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly touching a student inappropriately multiple times.
According to court documents, when Moser was employed as a teacher and assistant volleyball coach at Rawlins Middle School, he allegedly inappropriately touched at least two 15- or 16-year-old female students between September 2014 and February 2015, and allegedly raped one of the victims while she was on detention.
In Converse County, Moser faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. 
The charges come after he allegedly engaged in sexual conduct or took “indecent liberties” with at least three minors in Glenrock, while occupying a position of authority over at least one of the alleged victims. He faces up to 55 years in prison if convicted of the charges. 
Moser was arrested on Jan. 12, of this year and was released on a $50,000 bond, but was then re-arrested on Jan. 29 at his home in Glenrock on a Carbon County warrant.
He was taken to Rawlins, where he now faces three additional charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
Moser’s bond in Carbon County was $75,000, but has since been reduced to $30,000. After posting the second bond, Moser was again released.
On May 4, in Converse County, Moser pleaded not guilty to the three sexual abuse charges. As of Wednesday, his trial here had still not been scheduled.
Public records obtained from both school districts indicate that Moser signed a contract with the Glenrock school district on May 4, 2015, three days before his contract with the Rawlins School District was terminated.
No charges were filed at the time in Rawlins because Moser left his employment there, officials said.
However, a Carbon County Sheriff’s deputy again opened the 2015 investigation on Jan. 13 after an investigator told him of Moser’s arrest. A Glenrock Police officer has been involved in handling the investigation.
Rawlins School District attorney John Kuker told The Rawlins Daily Times in an email that Moser was pulled from the classroom as soon as a Carbon County deputy began investigating the allegations against him back in 2015.


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