Ex-teacher gets jail time in sexting case
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.
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,” he said.
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. At least one girl has indicated she’d seek counseling, the judge noted. Majors also must register as a sex offender, among other conditions.
Deister, who could have imposed up to 90 days in jail, said he believed Majors’ position of trust called for incarceration.
“You’re not the first District 51 teacher to be in front of me for something like this,” Deister said. “Every time I see this, it causes me pause. Who can our daughters trust?”
Majors was ordered to start serving his sentence immediately and remanded into custody.
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.
None of the girls replied with a topless photo.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said among chief concerns is the fact that Majors continued to solicit topless photos after Fruita police had seized his laptop computer on Nov. 2, when he knew he was under police investigation.
He’s since enrolled in Alcohol Anonymous. Alcohol consumption, coupled with use of prescription drugs, surely factored in Majors’ behavior, attorney Marna Lake argued.
“I drink too much, I’m in trouble,” Majors wrote in a Facebook message to one girl in mid-November, according to the affidavit.
Prosecutors partly agreed with the assessment.
“He was not under the influence the entire time,” Rubinstein said.