Provo High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jan 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-24 19:40:11-05

PROVO, Utah -- A high school teacher in Provo is behind bars after police said he had sexual relations with a student.

"There was texting going on between both the teacher and the victim that was found out by some individuals," said Lt. Matt Siufanua of the Provo Police Department.

According to Provo police, it was a tip to the principal at Provo High School Thursday that lead school officials to alert authorities of a possible inappropriate relationship  between a teacher and student.

"That information was taken from our school resource officer, who is in the school, and given to our special victims unit, who responded and began the investigation," Siufanua said.

The investigation moved fast, Provo police interviewed the 17-year-old victim and brought 55-year-old Donald Bills into custody.

"After we interviewed him and the victim, we had enough probable cause to book him into the Utah County Jail for those charges," Siufanua said.

Police believe the alleged relationship began in December, but no crimes were committed until recently.

Bills faces multiple counts of several charges, including object rape, forcible sexual abuse and forcible sodomy. Police officials said more charges are a possibility as the investigation continues.

Bills teaches a few different medical science classes at Provo High School, and school district officials said the teacher has a clean record

"He's been a teacher at this school for many years now, but no previous issues,” said Caleb Price of the Provo City School District. “By all accounts, he was a great teacher and well-liked by the students.”

Bills has been placed on leave at Provo High School while the investigation continues. Provo police believe this was an isolated incident, but they are asking anyone with any information about this or other incidents to contact them.