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Former Kalaheo HS teacher guilty of harassment

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"I was drunk, and young and impressionable, and I knew I depended on his stamp of approval if I was going to the college of my dreams in September.” Those words from “K.F.”, the complaining witness in the harassment bench trial of former Kalaheo High School Teacher Marc Murdock in Kaneohe District Court.

K.F., addressed by her initials, was a 17-year old senior when she and the 56-year-old Murdock engaged in consensual sex earlier in 2014. That is not a crime in Hawaii. What is was the repeated harassment from Murdock afterwards, as he continually texted, called and emailed her. Once, he showed up to her place of work and refused to leave.

Murdock initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to no contest Wednesday.

"If you choose to plead no contest, do you understand that's the equivalent of a guilty plea?” asked Judge Linda Luke.

“Yes, your honor" Murdock replied.

Murdock received a 30-day suspended jail sentence, meaning he won't serve time so long as he maintains and upholds the conditions set forth by the judge for a period of six months. Those conditions being he may not have any contact with the former student. He must remain arrest-free, and he must continue the mental health treatment he's been receiving until discharged.

Murdock also received a $500 fine.

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