OGDEN -- A former school teacher was sentenced to prison for a minimum of 30 years for sexually abusing two children.
Scott Ray McMurray, 58, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and three counts of sodomy on a child, all first-degree felonies, according to court documents.
He will serve 15 years to life for the sexual abuse charges and consecutively serve another 15 years to life for the sodomy charges, said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for Utah's District Courts.
Both victims were 13-year-old boys whom McMurray knew, according to court documents. The abuse took place at the beginning of 2012 and lasted a period of six months, then resumed at the beginning of 2013 until he was arrested.
McMurray taught in the Ogden School District for 16 years and was a sixth-grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School in Ogden. His victims were not students in his class.
He was arrested Jan. 14 by the Weber County Sheriff's Office, after a report from the Utah Division of Child and Family Services brought his activities to light. He later confessed to police about his crimes. At that time he was put on administrative leave by Ogden School District.
McMurray remained in jail for the duration of his trial with an exceedingly high bail of $240,000 that he and his public defender unsuccessfully tried to have reduced.
"(The) Defendant has no criminal history and has strong roots in the community," the defense motion stated. "He has lived his entire life in the Northern Utah area and has many friends and family members that he would be able to stay with upon his release."