ALTADENA (AP) — A veteran high school teacher has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading no contest to kidnapping three teenagers and forcing the driver to take him to Jack-in-the-Box at knifepoint.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says 34-year-old John Edward Maust entered the plea to two felony counts of false imprisonment by violence on Thursday. Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu immediately sentenced him to probation, 180 days of community service and 50 sessions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Maust was also ordered to one year of counseling and to stay away from the victims. He’s not allowed to drink alcohol while on probation for five years.
The June 7 incident involved three 17-year-old boys, including two who attended Arroyo Pacific Academy in Arcadia where Maust taught.
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