A former Orange County piano teacher convicted of sexually assaulting and assaulting students for nearly two decades was sentenced Friday to 100 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
John Mordecai Scott was found guilty in March of 13 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and five counts of lewd acts on a 14 or 15-year-old child, among other counts .
Five victims gave statements during his sentencing.
“The trauma these young girls were forced to endure by someone they should have been able to trust is unforgivable,” Orange County Dist said. Atti. Todd Spitzer said in a press release.
Scott was arrested nearly a decade ago on suspicion of assaulting students at his home in Lake Forest and Coast Band Music in Mission Viejo beginning in 1996.
He was alone with his students while at Coast Band with little or no supervision, and parents weren’t allowed to stay during class because Scott told them their presence would be “disruptive”, said attorney Genie Harrison, who is representing one of the victims.
Scott had a photography room in his home where he took half-naked pictures of his victims, and he also showed them pornography, prosecutors said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department opened its investigation into Scott in 2014 after a 10-year-old reported he took inappropriate photos of her and showed her pornography during class at his home .
Investigators also found a large amount of child sexual abuse material on his computer.