Former principal sentenced for sexual abuse
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) -- A former middle school principal in the southeastern Idaho town of Blackfoot has been sentenced to three to 18 years in prison for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student.
Christopher Cox was sentenced Monday by 7th District Judge Gregory Moeller. The judge fined Cox $10,000, ordered him to pay a $5,000 civil penalty to the girl and $2,700 in restitution.
Prosecutors allege Cox was principal at Snake River Junior High when the girl confided in him that she had been abused by an older man.
The judge said the crime involved inappropriate touching, that Cox exploited the girl and may have been grooming other potential victims.
Cox was arrested in February 2012 and pleaded guilty in July to sexual abuse of a child.