—  A 50-year-old Temple City man was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in state prison for sexually abusing three teenage girls in El Monte.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced that Derick Lee pleaded guilty to three counts: sexual penetration by foreign object, lewd act upon a child and child molesting.

In addition to a three years and eight months prison sentence, LA County Superior Court Commissioner Wade Olson also ordered Lee to register as a sex offender for life.

Deputy DA Kelsey McKeever-Unger said, at the time of the crimes, Lee was a martial arts instructor at Elite Kung Fu in El Monte.

Between July 2014 and April 2015, Lee sexually assaulted and inappropriately touched three students, all teens.

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In April 2015, one of the victims revealed to  authorities that Lee had sexually abused her. El Monte Police began an investigation into her account and learned there were two additional victims.

Lee was subsequently arrested and charged.


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