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1/29/2013 8:11:00 AM
Former teacher convicted of sex crimes will admit to probation violation
Jonathan Joseph Bodary
Jonathan Joseph Bodary

PRESCOTT - A man convicted of child sex charges in 1999, who now faces charges of downloading pornography in violation of the terms of his probation, said Monday he was prepared to admit to the violation.

Jonathan Bodary, 43, is a former teacher and assistant coach at Bradshaw Mountain High School. His conviction resulted from sexual conduct with three BMHS students, 14 to 17 years old, in 1995 and 1996.

Facing the possibility of 129 years in prison if a jury found him guilty, Bodary agreed to plead guilty to attempted child molestation, sexual abuse, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In January 1999, he was sentenced to prison, followed by lifetime sex offender probation and served eight years before beginning a term of lifetime probation.

Bodary's probation officer in Michigan, where had he been living, reported that he had downloaded more than 1,000 pornographic images, which authorities allege they found on his computer. That would violate one of the terms of his sex offender probation, mandating that he could "not utilize the Internet for any matters related to sex."

Monday, his attorney, John Sears, said Bodary would admit that he had violated that term of his probation, but, in doing so, said he had supplied a handwritten explanation letter to the Michigan probation authorities and to Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock.

"This is essentially what Mr. Bodary is prepared to say to the court," Sears said. "He was fully aware of this provision (no use of the Internet for matters related to sex), but he used it for a specific purpose."

That letter has not yet been made public.

Deputy County Attorney George Rodriguez called the letter "sugarcoating," saying the evidence is "purely sexual pornographic images," and that "the state will not accept anything less than a full admission.

"This letter," Rodriguez added, "the state puts no weight behind this letter."

Hancock said, "I don't think it's an adequate admission, mostly because I don't have enough information," and that she would not sentence Bodary Monday, but instead would wait until she could see a pre-disposition report on the case.

Sears told her that Bodary would request that he not be granted further probation and instead be sentenced to prison.

Hancock set his next appearance for late February.

Bodary is being held in the county jail on a $25,000 bond.

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