Monday, September 20, 2010

LDS Seminary Teacher Sentenced

Utah: The former seminary principal who developed a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student was sentenced to prison Monday morning.

Michael J. Pratt, 38, was ordered to serve five years to life in the Utah State Prison after previously pleading guilty to two counts of object rape, forcible sodomy and forcible sex abuse. The three first-degree felonies and one second-degree felony will be served concurrently.

Pratt was arrested July 9, 2009, after police say he repeatedly checked a 16-year-old high school student out of class without her parents' permission, and then drove her around the county for sexual rendezvous.

The girl, now 18, told the Deseret News last year that she had fallen in love with Pratt as he groomed her and concocted elaborate plans for their future together. He vowed they would run away and get married when she turned 18, despite the fact that Pratt is married and has four children — one born just weeks ago.

Yet Monday, she told him a strong voice: "Today I want to make it clear to you, I am no longer blinded by your craftiness, my eyes are wide open," she said. "I am no longer your puppet, your toy, your game."

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  1. When I was a mormon he was a seminary teacher at my school. I never would have saw this coming then but now he is merely following in Joseph Smith's foot steps. (see Joseph Smith and Lucy Walker for more details)

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