Volunteer reading teacher in Tooele charged with sexual abuse of a child

Posted at 3:01 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 17:01:50-04

TOOELE, Utah — A volunteer reading teacher at West Elementary School has been arrested and charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a charge that is enhanced due to the man’s position of trust over the alleged victim.

According to court documents, 73-year-old Tyler K. Vorwaller was booked into jail and faces one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, which is a first degree felony.

The charge stems from an incident on March 21 when Tooele police were called to West Elementary School on a report of a sexual assault. According to a statement of probable cause, a 10-year-old girl reported that Vorwaller had touched her inappropriately during class.

The young girl said Vorwaller came to her desk to help her with a difficult word, but then he allegedly put his arms under her arms and grabbed her chest with his hands. According to the PC statement, the girl stated the man told her, “that she was becoming a young woman and then she pushed his hands away.”

Police responded to Vorwaller’s home and asked him to come down to the police department. Once advised of his Miranda rights, the man declined to speak further and requested an attorney.

He was booked into the Tooele County Jail Monday, and Wednesday he was formally charged with one count of aggravated sex abuse of a child as a first-degree felony.

Vorwaller was relocated to Davis County Jail. It was not clear why he was transferred to that facility.