ST. GEORGE – A former high school teacher faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple sex offenses.
John Robert James Cody, 42, of Washington City, was sentenced Tuesday in 5th District Court for one court of forcible sexual abuse, three counts of sexual abuse of a child – all 2nd degree felonies – and one count of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.
Deputy County Attorney Ryan Shaum said Judge Eric Ludlow sentenced Cody to serve four to 30 years in prison.
Shaum added that 2nd degree felonies carry a mandatory sentencing period of one to 15 years. However, Utah law prohibits an individual from being imprisoned for more than 30 years unless serving a life sentence.
Cody once a taught at Pine View High School, though none of his students were involved in reported incidents reaching back to 2008.
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