was an Idaho school teacher and LDS deacons quorum adviser; arrested and charged with lewd conduct and enticing a child via the Internet; in July 2023, pleaded guilty; sentenced in September 2023 to 60 years in prison, with 13 years fixed before being eligible for parole

Case Summary

UPDATE 2023-09-15: Cory Gaylor was sentenced in Idaho to 60 years in prison, with 13 years fixed before being eligible for parole.

UPDATE 2022-07-15: Cory Gaylor has pleaded guilty. FLOODLIT is seeking court documents.

from KTVB7 in Idaho on 2023-07-13:

“ADA COUNTY, Idaho — A former Kuna Middle School teacher, 51-year-old Cory Gaylor, pleaded guilty on Thursday to lewd conduct with a child under 16 and enticing a child over the internet.

Gaylor was originally charged with four sex crimes and pleaded guilty to two. His plea was part of an agreement, the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Kuna Police began investigating Gaylor and found that he was texting a child for several weeks trying to entice sex until he eventually engaged in illegal sexual conduct, ASPO said.

Gaylor was arrested at the school in December of 2022. He taught Spanish, Introduction to World Cultures and Advisory. He has not returned to the school as he has been in custody since — the Kuna School District also previously stated in an email to families that Gaylor “will not return to teaching in our school or district pending the resolution of the charges against him.”

Gaylor is set to be sentenced Sept. 14, court records show. He could face up to life in prison.”

from source 1:

“Important Update 12-8-22

Kuna Middle School families

We are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation of charges involving a teacher arrested this morning at Kuna Middle School.

As you may have seen in public reports, Ada County Sheriff’s Officers arrested Cory R. Gaylor and charged him with child enticement and lewd conduct with a child under 16. Mr. Gaylor’s classes include Spanish, Introduction to World Cultures, Advisory and Intervention.

With the arrest, Mr. Gaylor has been placed on administrative leave and will not return to teaching in our school or district pending the resolution of the charges against him. 

As you can imagine, this news is concerning for our students and staff. We are putting plans in place to help support our students who may have been impacted by the news and will have counselors available for students to talk to within the coming days. We also ask for your help in talking with your students. If they have concerns that our counseling staff can help with, please let them know that counselors are available.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Shelly Manuel, Ms. Shea Clemens, and Mr. Pete Noteboom at 208.922.1002.

 

Thank you for your continued support of students, teachers and staff.

Superintendent Wendy Johnson 
Kuna School District 

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“”Greetings fellow explorer! My name is Cory Gaylor. Traveling and connecting with foreign cultures is my #1 passion. I first began traveling at the age of 19 when I volunteered to serve a 2-year mission for my church deep in the heart of South America. Then, shortly following my return, I joined the U.S. Army where, over the course of 24 years, I was able to continue visiting other countries. By the time I retired from the Army I had visited or lived in over 30 countries throughout Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Being able to connect with all of those different cultures on a personal level has provided me with deeper cultural understanding and insight than even the most prestigious of universities can offer. 

After retiring from the military, I decided that I wanted to share my travel experiences with other people. I earned a Master’s Degree in Education and became a Spanish and World Cultures teacher for grades 6-12. While teaching, I had the opportunity to not only share my experiences with my students, I even organized student group tours to Europe and Costa Rica. Seeing the excitement in my students’ eyes as they began to truly experience the world around them sparked in me the desire to help even more people see these same experiences come to life. This desire inspired me to create Sendero Travel Services. My mission and purpose with Sendero Travel Services is to help other people experience the incomparable joys of connecting with new cultures around the world through travel. The Spanish word “sendero” translates to “path” or “trail”, and is representative of the unforgettable journey that will take my clients around the globe. 

Are you ready to break out of your everyday routine and relax on the sandy beaches of Costa Rica? Can you imagine waking up to the sound of tropical birds and monkeys in the rain forest? How about exploring Neuschwanstein castle in German Bavaria? Or going all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France? The options are nearly as endless as your imagination. Call or email today to begin planning your journey to discovery.””

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  10. Kuna teacher allegedly enticed child with school program, charged with 3 felonies
    view source details | 10 Dec 2022 | Idaho Statesman
  11. Nampa man sentenced to prison for lewd conduct, child enticement
    view source details | 15 Sep 2023 | Ada County Idaho Prosecutor
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    Kuna teacher allegedly enticed child with school program, charged with 3 felonies
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    Publisher: Idaho Statesman
    Date published/accessed: 10 Dec 2022
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    A Kuna Middle School teacher now charged with three felony sex crimes had used a school program on his teacher’s tablet to entice a child into meeting him, an Ada County prosecutor said at an arraignment hearing Friday.

    An Ada County judge signed a no contact order to prevent Cory Gaylor, a Kuna teacher, from coming into contact with any minors aside from his own children. Gaylor, 51, was arrested on Thursday at the school. He was charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one felony count of enticement of a child over the internet.

    Ada County prosecuting attorney Juan Beltran said law enforcement responded to a call from the minor’s mother on Dec. 7. After interviewing the mother, Beltran said law enforcement found evidence that Gaylor had used a school program to entice the child into meeting.

    Beltran said Gaylor drove the underage victim to a location in Ada County, where they “had oral and anal sex” one day.

    “The defendant held a position of trust and used that as a tool to entice and have these relations with the victim,” Beltran said.

    Gaylor is in custody at the Ada County Jail with a bond set for $2 million. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 20.

    Kuna district says Gaylor will not return

    Ada County spokesperson, Patrick Orr, told the Idaho Statesman that Gaylor was arrested and taken into custody at the middle school Thursday morning. Orr declined to say whether the victim was a student.

    Kuna School District spokesperson Allison Westfall said Gaylor began working at Kuna Middle School in 2019 and taught a few classes that included Spanish and world cultures.

    Since his arrest, the district placed Gaylor on administrative leave. In a statement to parents, district superintendent Wendy Johnson said Gaylor “will not return to teaching in our school or district pending the resolution of the charges against him.”

    Johnson said the district has plans in place to provide additional counseling to support its students.

    Resources for sexual assault survivors

    The Faces of Hope Victim Center is available for sexual assault victims in need of emergency services at 417 S. 6th St. in Boise. Survivors should call 911 in emergencies or call 208-577-4400 on weekdays during business hours. Faces of Hope provides free medical care and forensic examinations for victims, as well as assistance with filing police reports and mental health care.

    Survivors who may need help are also encouraged to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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    Nampa man sentenced to prison for lewd conduct, child enticement
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Ada County Idaho Prosecutor
    Date published/accessed: 15 Sep 2023
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    BOISE – Cory Gaylor, 52, pled guilty to lewd conduct with a minor child under 16 and enticing a child over the internet in July. Yesterday, he was sentenced and could serve up to six decades in prison for having illegal sexual contact with a minor student he taught while working as a Spanish teacher.

    Mr. Gaylor was employed as a Kuna Middle School teacher when law enforcement determined the defendant had illegal sexual contact with a minor student. Mr. Gaylor groomed and sexually abused the victim in his classroom on multiple occasions. The defendant also texted to entice the victim for sex several weeks prior to the illegal sexual contact.

    “Every day parents send their kids off to school. A place that is supposed to be protected, a place where kids are supposed to get to be kids, a space that is safe for kids to learn and grow,” said Deputy Prosecutor Katelyn Farley during her sentencing argument. “The defendant was a teacher and was supposed to be teaching (the victim). Instead, the defendant took this safe place and used it to select a victim. The fact that he used his position to engage in this conduct is reprehensible.”

    On Thursday, the Honorable Ada County District Judge Lynn Norton sentenced Mr. Gaylor to serve 60 years in prison, with 13 years fixed before being eligible for parole.

    “I want to acknowledge the victim’s courage in coming forward to report this crime,” said Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts. “Our society values the protection and safety of our children, and I thank the Ada County Sheriff’s Office detectives for their thorough investigation on this case, which allowed my team to ensure justice for the victim in this case.”

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