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Teacher guilty of molesting students

December 23, 2008 8:39:36 AM PST
A Santa Monica school teacher is now facing 14 years in prison for sexually molesting nine of his female students.Thomas Beltran was arrested in May after a 12-year-old girl told parents she'd been abused. When they notified police, more girls came forward.

Beltran pleaded guilty on Tuesday just as his preliminary hearing was getting underway.

The 61-year-old taught English as a second language at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica.

He'll be required to register as a sex offender after serving his sentence.

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