Jamie Jo Waite denied a new trial in Ben Lomond High School sex abuse case

Former Ben Lomond High School swim coach Jamie Jo Waite was recently denied a new trial in her sex abuse case.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the 37-year-old former volunteer coach’s motion for a new trial was denied by 2nd District Judge Scott Hadley.

Judge Hadley said that none of the six issues that Waite raised were prejudicial enough to warrant a new trial.

Waite was convicted in March of four counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. She was sentenced to 120 days in the Weber County jail.

Authorities say that Waite was arrested after reportedly telling a friend that she had sex with a teen.

New trial motions are often denied because a judge has to find that any errors that arose during a trial were prejudicial, meaning that the errors would have changed the outcome of the trial. Prejudicial errors may include errors that result in evidence being introduced or perjured prosecution witness testimony.

A motion for a new trial is not the same thing as an appeal, but rather a “do-over” of sorts. Appeals typically take place after a motion for a new trial is denied.

The Salt Lake City criminal defense team at Greg Smith & Associates handles criminal law throughout Utah. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been charged with crime, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.

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