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Former Teacher Sent to Prison
for 16 Years for Molesting Students

April 15, 2005
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
(213) 974-3525

SAN FERNANDO – A former Tujunga elementary school teacher was sentenced today to 16 years in state prison for molesting a half-dozen students between 2001 and 2004, the District Attorney’s office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef said 36-year-old Michael William McMurray of Palmdale was sentenced by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Sheri K. Silver.  The judge scheduled a restitution hearing for June 22.

The 16-year term was expected.  It was part of an agreement reached last month when McMurray pleaded no contest continuous child molestation.

McMurray was a teacher at Plainview Elementary School when the crimes occurred.  He was arrested by Los Angeles police in November 2004 and has remained in custody on $6 million bail.

The defendant was charged with inappropriately touching female students.  Mokayef said touching was both over and under the children’s clothing.


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