UPDATE: Fifth grade teacher found guilty of assaulting students

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- A jury has convicted a former mid-Michigan fifth-grade teacher of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against male students that he taught.

A former fifth grade Holt teacher convicted of sexually assaulting his students is looking at up to 15 years in prison.

Court records show a jury found Patrick Daley guilty on over a dozen counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County on Tuesday.

Jurors also found Patrick Daley not guilty on five counts of the same charge and could not teach a verdict on one count.

He's accused of abusing at least eight boys when he was a teacher at Washington Woods Elementary School.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office started an investigation in May of 2018 after four students told the principal Daley touched them inappropriately.

Nine students testified that Daley sexually assaulted them.

Ingham County District Court Judge Thomas Boyd said that the abuse to these boys was routine and spanned almost two years.

Ingham County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney said, "He touched four children, and one of those children he touched on the penis. There is no other reason to touch a young man on the penis than for sexual purposes."

Daley faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

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