July 2, 2014

Former Denton Guyer choir director gets 10 years probation

Michael Pricer, 36, of Irving, the former choir director at Denton Guyer was sentenced to probation and a brief jail term for having a relationship with one of his students in 2011.

A former Denton Guyer High School choir director has been sentenced to probation and a brief jail term for having a relationship with one of his students in 2011, prosecutors said.

Michael Pricer, 36, of Irving, was sentenced to 10 years probation with deferred adjudication and fined $1,000 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of improper relationship between an educator and a student. He was sentenced on June 19 in a Denton courtroom.

In addition, Pricer was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and was booked into the Denton County Jail on Friday. He works during the day, and returns to jail at night, according to officials with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.

As part of the plea agreement, Pricer had to surrender his teaching license and is not allowed to take a job that would bring him in contact with children, said Denton County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck in an email.

Denton police began an investigation when they were contacted by the student’s family.

The student, a 17-year-old girl, was in one of Pricer’s choir classes during the 2010-11 school year. The relationship began in the fall when the two started to exchange cards and text messages, Denton police said.

Pricer had a physical relationship with the student on prom night in spring 2011, police said. The relationship continued at other locations, all off-campus in Denton.

The former choir director, who was hired in 2009, resigned on Nov. 1, 2011, according to a school district news release.

The girl’s family contacted police in July 2012. Investigators interviewed several students and faculty members, but police said there was no evidence that other students were involved, police said.

Pricer was married at the time, Denton police said.

He surrendered to Denton authorities in January 2013, and was released after posting bail.

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