No Child Left Behind Award-Winning Teacher Arrested on Allegations of Student Sex Abuse

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Salt Lake City police have arrested an award-winning West High School teacher for the alleged sexual abuse of a 17-year-old student.

Jose Bernaf Fajul was arrested on campus Tuesday after classes ended for the day.

The 46-year-old social studies and world language teacher was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of forcible sexual abuse and forcible sodomy.

Salt Lake City police spokeswoman Lara Jones says the department had been working with the teenage girl and her father prior to the arrest.

School district spokesman Jason Olsen says Fajul is on administrative leave. Counselors were being provided to West High students.

Fanjul was beginning his fourth year at West. He was the recipient of Utah's 2007 No Child Left Behind American Star of Teaching Award.