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Ex-Phoenix teacher sentenced in underage prostitution sting

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Jerry Marfe (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jerry Marfe (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A former Valley high school teacher convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes has been sentenced.

Court officials said Jerry Marfe, 54, was sentenced to 10 years of probation and 15 days in jail for one count of pandering, as part of a plea deal.

Marfe taught chemistry at Betty H. Fairfax High School in Laveen. He resigned after his arrest.

More than 100 arrests were made by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies during a two-week long undercover drug and prostitution sting in December 2013.

Day after day, men lined up outside local hotel rooms waiting for their chance to have sex with underage girls, who they believed to be about 16 years old, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"These are husbands and fathers, many of whom came on their lunch hour, or came in their company vans," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Marfe was arrested on Dec. 6.

The Phoenix Union High School District issued statement said it was notified of Marfe's arrest Dec. 7 and immediately placed him on emergency leave. The district said he resigned from his teaching position four days later.

Marfe was a science teacher in the district for 27 years, teaching at Alhambra, Cesar Chavez and Betty H. Fairfax high schools, according to the district's statement.

The district said staff, student and parents were notified of an arrest and resignation at the school without elaborating because of the MCSO's ongoing investigation.

The district was "shocked by the news of (Marfe's) arrest," the statement concluded.

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