The elementary school counselor was charged Monday, and has been on paid leave since her then-husband was charged in August.
An elementary school psychologist in the Davis School District is facing a misdemeanor charge after authorities say she shared private information about a student with her now ex-husband, who then sexually assaulted the child.
Natalie Stokes, 39, of South Weber, was charged Monday in 2nd District Court with one count of unauthorized collecting, sharing or use of private student data, a class A misdemeanor.
Months earlier, in August, police arrested her husband, Phillip Brandon Stokes, 41. She filed for divorce that month, and it was granted two months later, court records show.
According to charges filed against him, Phillip Stokes contacted the young student on TikTok — and then on a texting app — in March 2021, identifying himself as a 16-year-old boy and “aggressively and persistently” demanding that she send him nude photos . She complied, court records state, and Stokes sent her nude photos of himself, as well as other explicit images.
In July, according to charging documents, Phillip Stokes persuaded the girl to meet him at a park. After, in online chats, he “made several comments acknowledging that sexual activity occurred,” court records state.
‘That’s the one girl I was telling you about’
Police were able to identify, locate and arrest Phillip Stokes on Aug. 2. When questioned, Stokes admitted he sexually assaulted the child, police said, and told investigators that he became aware of the girl because his wife, who was a school counselor, told him about the student.
Talking with his wife, Phillip Stokes learned that the girl had a TikTok account, he told police, so he created an account and searched for her “using the information he received.” According to police, he said he “looked up her videos and you know the rest.”
Phillip Stokes also told police that while he and his wife were walking through their neighborhood one day, the child passed by, and Natalie Stokes said, “Oh, that’s the one girl that I was telling you about.” Phillip Stokes said he “hadn’t actually started texting and chit-chatting with her at that point.”
On the day of her husband’s arrest, Natalie Stokes was “surprised” when an officer mentioned the victim’s first name, and told officers she worked at the girl’s school, court records state. She said she shared the girl’s name with her husband, and when questioned by investigators, she confirmed she also identified the girl during the passing neighborhood encounter.
District intends to fire counselor
According to charging documents, Natalie Stokes signed “privacy of student information” documents in 2018, 2019 and 2020, acknowledging that she is subject to federal and state laws which mandate that she keep student information confidential.
Natalie Stokes has been on paid leave since Phillip Stokes was arrested in August, according to the Davis School District. Now that charges have been filed against her, the district will move to terminate Natalie Stokes’ employment, according to a district statement.
A summons has been issued for Natalie Stokes. No court date has been scheduled.
In connection with the alleged assault on the student, as well as a separate alleged assault against another child, Phillip Stokes was charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of rape of a child, two counts of sodomy on a child, and five counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, all first-degree felonies.
He also was charged with four counts of dealing in materials harmful to a minor, third-degree felonies; and one count of lewdness involving a child, a class A misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to begin in August. He is being held without bail in the Davis County jail.
Phillip Stokes has also pleaded not guilty to federal charges of producing child pornography, coercing a minor and enticing a minor. No federal court date has been set.