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Ex-South Medford teacher faces prison for sex crimes

A former South Medford High School social studies teacher faces more than a decade in prison after admitting to felonies stemming from inappropriate relationships with two students.

Richard "Ricky" Michael Fay, 39, formerly of Medford and now of Portland, pleaded guilty last week to a child pornography charge among other sex crimes, admitting he solicited lewd photographs from two juvenile girls he met through the school and engaged in physical sexual contact with one of them.

Among the felony counts to which Fay admitted June 14 following a settlement conference in Jackson County Circuit Court was using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, a crime that carries a mandatory minimum 70 months in prison under Oregon's Measure 11 law. 

The negotiated plea agreement shows Fay also faces a five-year sentence that will run immediately after the Measure 11 sentence, though the second sentence includes the opportunity for early release for good behavior.

Fay's relationship with one of the minor victims lasted between February and June 2016 and involved soliciting lewd picture messages from her and touching her genitals. 

Fay reportedly admitted to attempted use of a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct related to the other victim in a relationship that spanned the 2014-15 school year and into the 2015-16 school year, court documents say. He reportedly lured her with "an explicit verbal description" of sexual conduct.

Fay also admitted to felony counts of attempting to use a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, luring a minor and a misdemeanor charge of sexual abuse in the third degree.

A sentencing hearing is set for July 18.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

Richard Michael Fay