LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A former elementary school teacher who taught in Burbank and Hollywood was sentenced today to 30 years behind bars for making pornographic images and videos of two of his ex-students.


   Sean D. Sigler, 56, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who described Sigler’s conduct as “inexcusable,” adding that “ruining the lives of minors is unspeakable.”


   Sigler, who pleaded guilty in September 2019 to two counts of production of child pornography, previously taught fifth-grade students at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank and at Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood.


   Sigler was the victim’s fifth-grade teacher and kept in contact with her after she left his classroom, using his position as former teacher and mentor to gain her and her parent’s trust. Sigler then exploited that trust to gain sexual access to the girl.


   Over the course of 15 months, Sigler regularly transported her to his home, where he gave her alcoholic beverages and pills. He began having sex with the girl when she was 15 and created multiple sexually explicit videos and photos of her. He also created child pornography by modifying a pornographic image of the minor victim’s body and digitally superimposing the face of a different underage former student, according to a January 2018 law enforcement search of Sigler’s digital devices, which also contained numerous images and videos of his sexual acts with the victim, as well as more than 5,000 images of child pornography depicting unknown and previously identified pre-pubescent minors.


  Sigler agreed to forfeit $271,506 in cash seized by the government, which constitutes the proceeds from the sale of the home where he produced child pornography.


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