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Former Idaho counselor sentenced to 25 years for child sex abuse

James McGahey of Pocatello must serve at least 12 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole.
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James McGahey

POCATELLO, Idaho — A former family counselor who sexually abused several children during counseling sessions has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The Idaho State Journal reports 51-year-old James McGahey of Pocatello was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to serve at least 12 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole.

McGahey was the former president of Still Waters Outreach, a now-defunct family counseling business in Pocatello. He pleaded guilty to the charges in April.

Bannock County Deputy Prosecutor Brian Trammell said McGahey told the children he abused that they were not legally allowed to discuss what happened during the sessions, and that he attempted to record the sexual abuse using the counseling center's security cameras.