Former teacher sentenced to five years in the Nevada State Prison |

Former teacher sentenced to five years in the Nevada State Prison

Sharon Carter, Tribune News Service

A former Douglas County teacher was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted sexual assault on a child under 16, a felony.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Leland Lay, 53, a former George Whittell High School history teacher, was originally accused of two felony counts of sexual assault on a 15-year-old Lyon County boy.

He also faced six gross misdemeanor counts of lewdness with a minor arising from the incidents which occurred during a two-week period last August when the victim stayed at Lay’s residence in Storey County.

According to documents in the First Judicial District Court in Virginia City, Lay will be eligible for parole after he serves 24 months in prison. Lay pleaded guilty to the felony and three counts of open and gross lewdness, which are gross misdemeanor charges. He was sentenced to one year in the Storey County Jail, which he is serving concurrently to the prison sentence. Judge Michael Fondi imposed a special sentence of lifetime supervision for Lay.

Lay was arrested Dec. 3 after his wife called the Storey County Sheriff’s Office and reported she feared he would take his own life. Deputies went to Lay’s home on the Storey/Lyon County line near the mouth of Six Mile Canyon. They took him into protective custody at that time and transported him to Carson-Tahoe Hospital for a mental evaluation. He was found to be competent and was released back into legal custody.

Douglas County School District authorities said Lay had worked at the school for the past 25 years. He was certified to teach Spanish, French and social studies.

Lay was placed on paid suspension when school officials learned of the case in December, an automatic procedure in cases involving questions of moral turpitude. Pendery Clark, superintendent of the Douglas County School District, said Lay’s resignation from the district was effective Jan. 8.

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