Trial Ordered For Michigan Teacher Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Boys

May 17, 2019 - 9:28 am

HOLT, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A Lansing-area teacher has been ordered to stand trial on charges alleging he inappropriately touched eight boys at school.

The Lansing State Journal reports 35-year-old Patrick Daley, who is facing multiple counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, was bound over for trial on 10 charges following a hearing Thursday in Ingham County District Court.

Daley -- who taught 5th grade at Washington Woods Middle School in Holt -- was initally charged in 55th District Court last October with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.  In December he was ordered to stand trial on those charges, according to court records, and he now faces a total of 22 charges of criminal sexual conduct involving children. 

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

Four kids who testified at a preliminary hearing were Washington Woods Middle School students and were under 13 years old at the time of the alleged misconduct. 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.

Defense lawyer Raymond Correll declined to comment after Daley's latest court appearance, but earlier said there were inconsistencies the defense would have to explore.

The newspaper reported Daley was placed on leave late in the 2017-18 school year, and a long-term substitute teacher took over his classroom. 

At the time the initial charges were filed, the school released a letter to parents and guardians saying this news might be jarring for students and that help from trained counselors would be available. 

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