The former Murray High School choir director charged with taking sexual improprieties with four young women pleaded guilty to reduced charges Wednesday.
Mathew Faerber, 28, of Salt Lake County, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child, third-degree felonies, in connection with incidents involving two 13-year-old music students.The girls said Faerber fondled them both over and under their clothing while receiving music lessons at their Murray homes during March and April 1990.
He was originally charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a child, two counts of lewdness involving a child, two counts of gross lewdness and one count each of fornication and sodomy. Prosecutors agreed to drop those charges in exchange for his guilty pleas.
According to court documents, Faerber also engaged in sexual intercourse and acts of sodomy with an 18-year-old girl in May. The incidents apparently took place before and after school at Murray High. A 16-year-old girl also reported that he fondled her during a music lesson at his Salt Lake County home in March and April.
"He has accepted all responsibility for all actions filed against him," said Salt Lake County deputy attorney Glenn Iwasaki.
Faerber is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 1 before 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis. Iwasaki said he will not seek a prison sentence for Faerber but will ask the judge to order that he receive treatment and rehabilitation.
Murray School District Superintendent Ron Stephens said Faerber resigned in mid-October, shortly after he was suspended with pay. His position has since been filled at the high school.