Ex-Phoenix teacher sentenced in sex abuse cases

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Daniel Whitehead.  (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Whitehead. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A former math teacher at an all-boys prep school in Phoenix accused of sexually abusing several students decades ago was sentenced Monday morning.

As part of a plea deal, Judge Bruce Cohen sentenced Dan Whitehead to one year in prison and seven years of supervised probation for two counts of sexual abuse and one count of furnishing obscene materials to minors. 

Sentencing began Friday for Whitehead who pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and pleaded no contest to another count of sex abuse and one count of furnishing obscene or harmful items to minors.

The former Brophy College Preparatory High School teacher was arrested in September of 2012 following allegations of sexual misconduct with former students during the '80s.

Officials said in November 2011, school administrators contacted the Phoenix Police Department to report that two former students had advised them that Whitehead had touched each of them on their private parts against their will while at his home.

The crimes happened in the 1980s when the individuals, who are now adults, were teenage students and Whitehead was a teacher at the school.

After disclosing the information they did not want to contact the police, according to authorities. Whitehead's employment with the school was terminated following the allegations.

"Without contact or information from the victims who are now adults, this investigation was unable to proceed. Eventually, however, several victims and witnesses came forward to the police, which allowed the investigators to conduct this investigation," according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that Whitehead, who was a teacher at the school, had invited the victims to his home for various reasons, said authorities.

The victims said they viewed pornography at his home and were provided alcohol before he tried to fondle them, according to authorities.

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