Ex-special ed teacher sentenced in sex case

From The Associated Press

A former teacher who pleaded no contest to sex-related charges involving four special education students was sentenced Wednesday to three years in state prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Henry J. Hall denied probation for Fred David Johnson, 60, a former special education teacher at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, noting that the crimes were against "particularly vulnerable" victims entrusted to his care.

Johnson pleaded no contest in January to oral copulation of an incompetent person involving a 14-year-old boy, child abuse involving a girl and boy, both 17, and battery on a mentally disabled 19-year-old man.

In a letter read by his family's attorney, one of the victims said he wanted Johnson to serve 20 years or more behind bars.

Three victims' mothers gave tearful statements.

Johnson has been in jail since being arrested in August.

Attempts to find a phone number for Johnson or his attorney were unsuccessful.

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