Frenchtown music teacher pleads no contest to misdemeanors
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana high school music teacher accused of molesting two female students received a one-year suspended jail sentence following his no-contest plea to two misdemeanors.
The Missoulian reports Frenchtown teacher Troy Bashor was sentenced Thursday after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Bashor was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of sexual assault. Under the agreement, the charges were reduced to endangering the welfare of children.
Bashor must permanently surrender his teaching certificate and is barred from unsupervised contact with minors while on probation. He is not required to register as a sex offender.
District Court Judge Leslie Halligan told Bashor that he “destroyed essentially the trusting relationship that exists between a teacher and students.”
The Frenchtown School District says its superintendent has accepted Bashor’s resignation.
Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com