By Sadie Hunter
Nearly one month after pleading guilty to charges, Michael Douce, the former Noblesville Schools assistant choir director, was, on Sept. 3, sentenced to 16 years in prison for maintaining sexual relationships with two underage students.
If he serves his full sentence, he will not be released until 2031.
In January, Douce, 32, Fishers, was initially charged with 11 felony counts and two misdemeanor counts.
At the beginning of August, he pleaded guilty to two counts of child seduction.
Judge Steven Nation, Hamilton County Superior Court No. 1, handed down the sentencing to Douce, eight years for each count.
Timeline of events
Dec. 19— Noblesville Schools alerts parents via email of a teacher who had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor student and had removed from student contact.
Dec. 30— Noblesville Schools fires Douce.
Jan. 8— Charges are filed by police.
Aug. 6— Douce enters guilty plea.
Sept. 3—Douce is sentenced to 16 years.