Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on July 07, 2014 @ 10:05PM
Created on July 07, 2014 @ 6:22PM
A former teacher accused of having sex with one of his students pleaded guilty to that crime in a Marion County Court on Monday. Michael Waller, 30, resigned from East Fairmont High School in May 2013, before he was charged with sexual abuse.
Because Michael Waller was a teacher at the time he had sex with a high school student, he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse by a parent guardian or custodian. That's a felony charge that carries 10 to 20 years in prison, but Waller won't be going to prison. Instead he got an alternative sentence of 10 to 20 years of home confinement. At the end of one year of that, he could be put on supervised release, but that doesn't mean the justice system takes his crime lightly.
"Sexual cases in my office, as well as in police agencies in this county, are a priority," said Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson.
Immediately after getting reports of the crime, State Police launched an investigation. Waller was cooperative and turned himself in a short time later. Now he'll face the consequences of this for year to come.
"Anytime someone is convicted of a sexual offense there are a lot of requirements that go along with that conviction," Wilson said.
Waller will need to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Every time he moves, gets a new job, anything; he will need to report that. Wilson said the family of the victim did not object to this plea agreement.
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Jul 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM
Agreed, this certainly is not justice. Wow!
Jul 08, 2014 at 5:46 AM
Sickening! Appalling! This is NOT justice! No matter how Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson 'tries' to spin it. Home confinement? Oh how horrible that he will get to 'stay home.' My "sympathy" goes to the VICTIM of his crime, NOT to him as Wilson or media tries to give all the twisted sympathy to the OFFENDER by stating how 'awful' it will be for HIM by having to stay 'home' for years to come. Hope he's one of those people who get very nervous/anxious/sick not being able to leave his home, at least THAT would give a 'little' justice in a county and state that showed NONE!!!
Teachers' molesting students is a huge problem in WV. Expect it to only grow after this dispicable sentence. There's a day of judgment coming and the REAL justice comes from God. Then this victim will get REAL justice!