Woman found guilty of sexually abusing young boy for nearly 10 years

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A year and a half after charges were filed against a woman for sexually abusing a young boy more than 100 times, she was convicted of the crimes.

On Friday Alavina Fungaihea Florreich, 70, was found guilty by a jury on five first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two first-degree felony counts of forcible sex abuse.

Charging documents state Florreich abused the boy starting when he was 8, and lasted 10 years. She would tell him she was teaching him to be a good husband.

The boy stated the abuse occurred more than 100 times where she would touch him inappropriately, documents state.

Florreich admitted to police she touched him on multiple occasions but said it was all part of the boy’s curiosity and it was just him “learning”, according to documents.

Instead of being allowed to remain out on bail, Judge Vernice Trease immediately issued a no-bail warrant and had Florreich booked into the Salt Lake County Jail until her sentencing which is scheduled for Jan 13.


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Police say Alavina Florreich is accused of 70 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, along with 60 counts of sexual abuse of a minor. 

“These are matters that we take seriously as an office,” said Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney.

He says a tip led to an arrest over the weekend. It appears there is just one victim.

“This is something that happened, allegedly, over a number of years,” said Gill.

His office will officially screen the case Tuesday; charges have not yet been filed.

“We would say to everybody out there. You don’t need to be quiet, you don’t need to be silent, and you should speak out,” said Gill.

News4Utah called Florreich’s attorney, Kent Morgan, who said:

“Mr. Morgan and his firm represent Avalina F. Florreich and they have indicated they will continue representing her, and until formal charges are filed — they are unable to comment on the case.”

If you suspect child abuse or neglect contact the DCFS 24/7 hotline: 855-323-3237. For more information, visit dcfs.utah.gov.

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