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An educator and minister who once served as superintendent of Leary Independent School District pleaded guilty this week to 19 counts of sexual misconduct involving a male juvenile. <br />Franklin Leroy Wray, 63, was sentenced to 15 years on each count by 5th District Judge Ralph Burgess. He will serve the terms concurrently. <br />“Considering Wray’s age and health conditions, the 15-year sentence will in all likelihood keep Wray in prison for the remainder of his life,” said Bowie County District Attorney Bobby Lockhart. “Having Wray plead to all 19 counts will make any consideration for parole less likely.” <br />Lockhart said Wray had multiple victims though only one, now 16, was listed in the 19 indictments. Wray committed the offenses in 2008 and 2009, according to the indictments. <br />“We regret that under Texas law, the statute of limitations prevented us from prosecuting Wray for offenses committed in the 80s and 90s,” Lockhart said. “We hope the victims of those offenses will feel some justice in knowing Wray will probably never get out of prison.” <br />Wray held various posts in public and private school districts in the area, including 19 years as the superintendent of Leary school district. He was head administrator at Trinity Christian School the 2000/01 school year. <br />Wray taught in Hooks, Leary, Cooper and Simms, Texas, school districts. <br />His career in education began at Hooks High School in 1969. He also taught at Cooper and Simms schools districts in Texas. <br />Wray is an ordained minister who served at a number of Texas churches, including in Texarkana, Hooks, Simms and Atlanta. <br />Assistant District Attorney Kristian Young managed the prosecution of Wray’s case. <br />“Most likely Mr. Wray will never see another free day,” Young said. “That is justice. He got exactly what he deserved, what he earned.”
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