SMITHFIELD — A former Johnston County schoolteacher will serve between 50 and 61 years in prison for sexually abusing minors, including several of his former students.
Paul Clifton Canally, who taught science at Archer Lodge Middle School from 2007 to 2009, was sentenced Monday afternoon by Johnston County Judge Gale Adams. Canally pleaded guilty to 37 charges: seven counts of statutory rape, nine counts of indecent liberties with a child, 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, eight counts of sexual battery and one count of soliciting a child by computer.
Canally resigned from the district in 2009 for personal reasons. He was working at a health care accreditation agency in Spring House, Pa., at the time of his arrest in March 2012.
He was initially charged with five counts of statutory rape and five counts of indecent liberties, but investigators filed additional charges as they uncovered more details. He pleaded guilty to every charge.
Canally’s illicit activities date back to 2008, according to court records. District Attorney Susan Doyle said all but one of his seven victims were former students at Archer Lodge.
Canally, a former Clayton resident, also worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged youths in the Philadelphia area in 2011. He is also facing a sex abuse charge in Pennsylvania.