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Talent Agent Sentenced To 6 Months For Sexually Abusing Aspiring Model, 16

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles talent agent — who runs an acting/modeling school — has been sentenced to six months in jail for sexually abusing a 16-year-old aspiring female model.

Yoshitomo Kaneda, 45, will also have to register as a sex offender for life, according to the City Attorney’s office.

Kaneda was convicted Dec. 10 of several counts including child molestation, sexual battery, sexual penetration by a foreign object, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness.

“We will not tolerate criminals who use the lure of fame and fortune under a cloak of trust to prey upon the innocence of young women,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. “Children and young people must be protected from such predators who seek out some of the most vulnerable among us.”

Kaneda sexually abused the teen on Feb. 22. He took her to his apartment under the guise of learning Japanese, Deputy City Attorney Lara D. Schwartz said.

The girl was given a massage and sexually molested.

Schwartz said Kaneda left several incriminating voice messages with both the victim’s mother and manager.

As part of his sentencing, Kaneda was also prohibited from further contact with the victim.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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