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Former Elementary School Teacher
Pleads to Molesting Students

March 30, 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 pleaded no contest today to continuous child molestation of a half-dozen students over a two-to-three-year period, the District Attorney’s office announced today.

As part of a plea agreement, Michael William McMurray, 36, of Palmdale, will be sentenced to a high term of 16 years in state prison on April 15. Six remaining felony counts of child molestation involving six girls and two misdemeanor counts of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child are expected to be dismissed at sentencing.

McMurray was a teacher at Plainview Elementary School when the crimes occurred between 2001 and his arrest by Los Angeles police in November 2004. He has remained in custody on $6 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef of the San Fernando office said the defendant was charged with inappropriately touching female students. Touching was both over and under the children’s clothing, she said.

McMurray will be sentenced next month by San Fernando Superior Court Judge Shari K. Silver. He entered his plea today before San Fernando Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ulfig, who was to set a date for a preliminary hearing.


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