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SAN DIEGO — A former preschool teacher who communicated online with two 7-year-old girls and persuaded them to engage in sexually explicit conduct was sentenced Friday to 70 years in federal prison.

jail-cell, 24, pleaded guilty in May to sexual exploitation of a minor and other federal charges.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino.

“While no prison sentence can ever compensate for the physical and emotional harm caused by online child predators, this lengthy jail term should serve as a sobering warning about the consequences for those who use the Internet to prey on the most vulnerable members of our society,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Director John Morton.

The defendant, an El Cajon resident, admitted that between 2008 and his arrest in 2011, he convinced two girls in Pennsylvania to engage in the sexually explicit conduct and arranged for a man to videotape sex acts with the children.

The defendant also admitted that between March 2010 and January 2011, he used his cellphone video camera to secretly take photos up the skirts of two girls who attended the Children’s Castle Preschool and Child Care Center in El Cajon, where he worked at the time.

Loftin was also prosecuted in state court by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for various counts of child molestation for “hands- on” offenses that occurred in San Diego. He was sentenced in September to 70 years behind bars, and the state and federal terms will run concurrently.

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