Former teacher gets 15 years in molestation case

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PHOENIX (AP) - A former elementary school teacher in Mesa has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the attempted molestation of a child.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 51-year-old Michael LaMonica also was sentenced Friday to lifetime supervised probation with sex offender terms.

LaMonica was a music teacher at Brinton Elementary School before he was arrested in March on molestation allegations.

Police say a girl claimed LaMonica molested her twice in 2005 when she was 7. She told police that LaMonica allegedly took off her clothes and molested her after asking her to help him clean the band room.

LaMonica pleaded guilty in June to four counts of attempted child molestation as part of a plea deal.

Mesa Public Schools officials say LaMonica taught at Brinton for nine years before his arrest.

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