COMPTON (AP) — A former Los Angeles-area high school principal and volleyball coach has been sentenced to eight years in state prison for molesting teenage students.

Forty-one-year-old Jonas Vital Silverio was sentenced Friday in Compton.

Prosecutors say that he molested four girls between 1996 and 2007. Three of the victims played on volleyball teams he coached.

Silverio was principal of Firebaugh High School in Lynwood but he resigned in May of 2009 and left for the Philippines. He was arrested two months later when he returned to Los Angeles.

He pleaded no contest last year to 10 counts of committing a lewd act on a 14- or 15-year-old child.

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Comments (3)
  1. roy rogers says:

    The system sucks. This is a drop in the bucket of what this man should get for the damage he did in his position of trust. What kind of message is the legal system sending. I hope he gets his justice in Prison by Bubba!

  2. swhitS says:

    8ys minimum per victim and hard labor is not even enough. Courts should be ashamed of themselves for such a stupid sentence of just 8yrs for all. Maybe if they had daughters who were molested or raped they would think again about their sentences.

  3. Dale Evens says:

    You got to be kidding….Hanging is too good for him. How did he get off with just 8 years?

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