Former Michigan Teacher Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Students

WWJ News
October 09, 2019 - 1:42 pm
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MASON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A jury has convicted a former mid-Michigan teacher of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against his male students.

Jurors also found 36-year-old Patrick Daley not guilty on five counts of the same charge, and could not teach a verdict on one count.

Nine students testified that Daley, who taught at fifth grade Washington Woods Middle School in Ingham County's Holt for five years, sexually assaulted them.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office started an investigation in May 2018 after four students told the principal that Daley had touched them inappropriately.

Ingham County District Court Judge Thomas Boyd said that the abuse to the boys was routine and spanned almost two years.

Four kids who testified were Washington Woods Middle School students and were under 13 years old at the time of the crimes. Last December, other boys testified about allegations that include Daley touching them at school on the penis or buttocks, or inner thigh on multiple occasions in a classroom or computer lab.

Daley was placed on leave late in the 2017-18 school year, and a long-term substitute teacher took over his classroom while police were investigating. 

No longer employed with the school distirct, he faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced on a date not yet set. 

Anyone with information about possible additional victims can call Ingham County Sheriff's Office Investigations at 517-676-8253.