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
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