SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former special education teacher who repeatedly molested a 4-year-old female relative over a several-month period was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Loren Grage McDonald, 37, pleaded guilty last month to seven felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child, Deputy District Attorney Marisa Di Tillio said.
Family members said the victim, now 5, is undergoing counseling for anxiety attacks and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
McDonald, a first-year teacher at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, was arrested last May 6 at his workplace and was immediately placed on leave.
He subsequently had his teaching credential revoked.
The crimes took place in the city of San Diego -- where McDonald lives -- between February 2012 and April 2013, authorities said.
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