High school teacher gets 36 years for sex crimes

A trial panel Wednesday convicted a high school teacher in Dota of various sex crimes involving students and sentenced him to 36 years in prison.

The teacher, identified by the last names of Masis Montenegro, faced charges of rape and distribution of pornography. One of the two boys involved in the case was the son of the man’s companion, said the Poder Judicial.

The trial panel gave him five years each for three counts of sexual relations with a minor, 12 years in prison each for two counts of simple rape, three years for exhibiting pornography and four years for sexual abuse against a minor. However, based on the penal code the total years were reduced to 36.

The man was remanded to preventative detention while a higher court studies the case.

The trial panel said the man used intimidation and other means to influence the actions of the boys, who were 13 years old when the crimes happened three years ago.

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