A former Seymour middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to three counts of child molesting in connection with incidents involving a student is facing a 36 year prison term.

41-year-old Aaron Murray of Seymour pleaded guilty to three Level 4 felonies of child molesting a child under the age of 14. He will be sentenced at 2 p.m. on May 20 by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter.

murray-thumb-250xauto-6798Seymour police arrested the former Seymour Middle School seventh-grade math teacher on three counts of child molesting on July 14, 2015.

According to police, Murray admitted to having a relationship with a 12-year-old student. Officials say the two spent time together at school-related activities, but once school ended in May 2015, the relationship intensified with social media interactions, shopping and hikes.

Police became involved when the girl’s parents reached out to authorities after hearing about inappropriate text messages on their daughter’s phone.

According to police, based on information from Murray, the girl and the girl’s friends, there were three or four incidents that they believe Murray engaged in sexual contact with the girl.

Police say Murray cooperated with them and admitted to the allegations.

Police say there were no other victims.

School board members voted unanimously to terminate Murray’s teaching contract effective immediately after he was arrested.