Teacher Facing 18 Felonies For Raping Student Gets Only 2 Years Under Plea Deal
Los Angeles, CA – A female Los Angeles high school teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male student by penetrating him with a foreign object will get only two years in prison under a plea deal.
Gina Murry, 33, was arrested in September of 2018 and initially charged with 18 felonies including unlawful sexual intercourse and sexual penetration with a foreign object, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Murry, a teacher at Esteban Torres High School’s Renaissance Academy, was later released on a $250,000 bond.
Prosecutors alleged that the sexual interludes between Murry and the student took place in May and June of 2018.
But in July, the victim filed a civil lawsuit against the former teacher and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress actually went started in Augusts of 2017 when she became his mentor, KNBC.
According to the lawsuit, the school principal put the boy under Murry’s supervision after he had been bullied by other students his freshman year of high school.
The suit alleged that Murry groomed the student with lots of special treatment such as buying him gifts and playing video games with him.
The complaint said that when Murry and the student went on an overnight field trip, the teacher sexually abused him in her personal car and in a tent that she shared with him, according to KNBC.
In the lawsuit, the now-16-year-old victim claimed that Murry had also molested him many other times on school grounds and at school-sanctioned events.
The sexual assaults didn’t end until other students saw Murry sexually harassing their classmate and reported it to the school administrators, KNBC reported.
Murry pleaded no contest on Nov. 5 to one count of performing a lewd act on a child and one count of oral copulation on a person under 16-years-old in accordance with her plea agreement with prosecutors, the Los Angeles Times reported.
She had faced up to 17 years in prison under the original charges, but her sentence was significantly reduced after the district attorney’s office dropped the other 16 felony counts in the plea deal.
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Spokesman Greg Risling said Murry was scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14, 2020, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Risling said she was expected to get two years in prison, in accordance with the plea agreement.