The former headmaster of a Carlsbad military boarding school was sentenced Monday to 48 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a ninth-grade cadet starting in 1999.
It was the maximum punishment for Jeffrey Barton, 59, who proclaimed his innocence during his sentencing hearing in a Vista courtroom, saying his accuser had lied and that he was a victim of a “witch hunt.”
“I cannot feel remorse for crimes I never committed,” Barton told Superior Court Judge Harry Elias during a roughly 30-minute statement in which he tried to rebut minutia of case and said the accusations were prompted by people “gunning for money.”
“God knows I didn’t do the crimes,” Barton said.
After the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca, who had asked for the maximum term, said Barton’s lengthy prison sentence “is what he deserves to bring justice to these kids who have suffered for many years.”
“He may want to deny it for the rest of his life, but we know what happened,” the prosecutor said. “Forty-eight years is a small measure of justice.”
Barton did not react when he heard the length of his sentence….
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