BELLFLOWER (CBSLA.com) — A former Bellflower High School track and girls’ basketball coach was sentenced Monday to 28 years in state prison for molesting a teenage girl over a five-year span.
Bryan E. Shepherd, 49, pleaded no contest in February to one count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of forcible lewd acts on a minor.
The 28-year sentence was part of a negotiated settlement of the case, officials said.
“Although Shepherd was a high school coach, authorities said the crimes did not occur at the school,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The victim was molested from the time she was 13 in 2005 until she was 17 in 2010.”
Shepherd has been in custody since Dec. 20, 2011, when he was arrested by investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Victims bureau.