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Friday, August 29, 2008

Special Ed Teacher Gets 10-20 Years For First Offense

Ex-teacher gets 10-20 years for sex with 14-year-old

A former special-education teacher at South Philadelphia High School - who admitted launching a weeklong sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl on the Internet's MySpace social networking site - was sentenced yesterday to 10 to 20 years in prison.

Joshua Uhrich, 30, apologized to the girl and her family, telling Common Pleas Court Judge Leon W. Tucker, "I have accepted, recognized and acknowledged that my bad choices have caused a lot of grief and inconvenience to individuals and institutions."

Under the sentence negotiated with the plea deal between the prosecutor and defense attorney, Uhrich must serve Pennsylvania's mandatory minimum 10-year prison term before he may apply for parole.

Though it was Uhrich's first offense of any kind, he fell under a law enacted two years ago that increased the mandatory minimum sentence from five to 10 years for an adult who sexually assaults or is involved with someone age 16 or under.

The law increased the mandatory minimum for a second offense to 25 years and to life for the third offense. More....

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