St. Mary teacher sentenced for improper relationship
A former teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he plead guilty on charges that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
John Phillip Fuller, 28, plead guilty in Judge Buddie Hahn’s court to two counts of sexual assault and one count of improper relationship between educator and student. Fuller was sentenced to 12 years on each charge. Each sentence will be served concurrently and he will be eligible for parole after 6 years.
Prosecutors say Fuller was having an ongoing sexual relationship with a student. They say Fuller was a teacher/coach at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange and the student was enrolled at the school, which has students ranging from pre-k through 8th grade.
Fuller was also fined $1,000 on each charge.
The Superintendent of St. Mary Catholic School released the following statement:
Officials at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange accepted the resignation of teacher John Phillip Fuller. The announcement of the resignation comes from Catholic School Superintendent Marcia Stevens who said Fuller was put on administrative leave with pay Sept. 3, after school administrators were told that police were investigating Fuller.