Former Holley teacher sentenced

Audrey Caro

A former Holley Elementary School teacher was sentenced on Feb. 2 to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree sex abuse.

According to court documents, Cordy, of Monmouth, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage minor at a YMCA summer camp in Marion County between May 1 and Aug. 20 of 2016.

Cordy was arrested on Feb. 2, 2017 and charged with using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, third-degree sex abuse and four counts of second-degree sex abuse.

He was released on $10,000 bail on Feb. 6, 2017.

The Statesman-Journal newspaper reported that Cordy was arrested on accusations that he sexually assaulted an underage summer camp counselor while he was also a counselor from June to August of 2016.

On Oct. 19, 2017 Cordy pleaded guilty to three of the four second-degree sex abuse charges. For each charge, he was sentenced to 21 months in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, 24 months of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender. Two 21-month sentences will be served consecutively. The third 21-month sentence will be served concurrently.

One charge of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, one count of second-degree sex abuse and one count of third-degree sex abuse were dismissed.

Cordy worked as a councilor at the camp, which is located at Silver Falls State Park, from June to August of 2016.

In addition to working with the YMCA, Cordy worked at Holley Elementary in the 2016-17 school year as a temporary teacher in mid-December to replace a teacher who had resigned.

Tom Yahraes, Sweet Home School District superintendent said the alleged incidents did not occur during Cordy’s employment in the district and did not involve any Sweet Home students.

The district placed Cordy on administrative leave, and a retired Sweet Home elementary teacher agreed to teach the second-grade class.

Samuel Carroll, CEO of the YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, said at the time that Cordy worked as a seasonal employee and had passed a criminal background check, the Statesman-Journal reported.

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