Former Fruita 8/9 teacher gets 60 days jail, probation
A former Fruita 8/9 teacher who resigned after his arrest in a student sexting investigation apologized repeatedly on Thursday for his actions, but still went to jail.
“I loved my job,” 58-year-old Randy Majors told District Judge Thomas Deister, while Majors named Mesa County Valley School District 51 in a long apology list. “They were great to work for. I cast a pretty dark shadow on the teaching profession ... a tough profession to begin with.”
Majors was sentenced Thursday to serve 60 days in the Mesa County Jail as a condition of serving 10 years of probation. Deister ordered fines which included $6,000 — $1,000 for each of his teenage victims — and ordered Majors to pay for any counseling his victims may need stemming from the crimes. Prosecutors last month dismissed six charges after Majors pleaded guilty on two counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child.
A teacher and tennis coach over 19 years, Majors resigned Jan. 31, nearly three months after he was placed on paid leave during an investigation by the Fruita Police Department. Majors was paid $13,873 during that period. Majors became the focus of a police investigation Nov. 1, 2013, when the mother of a 16-year-old girl reported her daughter had received inappropriate Facebook messages.
An arrest warrant affidavit identifies six girls, ages 15 to 17, who exchanged messages with Majors over several months. Majors admitted he’d asked several girls for pictures of their “boobs,” the affidavit said.
Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.