- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An ex-Utah band teacher who prosecutors say pretended to be working on a male sexuality study in an attempt to lure a teen student will spend up to 15 years in prison.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2aiFKmC) that 54-year-old Derek Spitzer was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of online solicitation of a minor.

Spitzer says he couldn’t feel worse about what happened. His lawyer asked for a jail sentence, but the judge decided the crime was too serious and sent him to prison for at least a year and up to 15 years.

Prosecutors say Spitzer asked the teen to participate in what he called a research project with the Kinsey Institute of Male Sexuality in October 2015.

Charges say the student reported the teacher’s behavior when he began seeking sexual contact.


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