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Marco Alferez Gets 50 Years in Prison

Marco Alferez Gets 50 Years in Prison
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POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 8:09pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:53am

Victims and Defense Attorney React

EL PASO - He got the maximum sentence; the former El Paso teacher who admitted to secretly videotaping hundreds of El Paso students to create his child porn collection learned his fate today in court.

A federal judge sentenced Marco Alferez to 50 years in prison. One of his victims and her mother said they now hope to move forward.

"There's no justice for a crime against an innocent child. There's just no justice. You can give him 1,000 years, it's never going to take away what he did to her and what he took from her,” said Claudia Aguilar, whose daughter was victimized by Alferez.

Claudia Aguilar said her daughter was 11 or 12 years old, when Marco Alferez videotaped her as she undressed in a fitting room. Aguilar's daughter was among the hundreds of students, victimized by their teacher and his hidden camera.

"It's hard to trust people. It's hard to open up to people, but I have to realize that not everybody's like that,” said Aguilar's daughter.

Both Aguilar and her daughter testified against Alferez in court Thursday afternoon. They also listened to the 35-year-old apologize for his actions, and explain that he himself was sexually abused as a child.

Alferez asked his students for forgiveness, and said he's taking responsibility for what he did.

"This has nothing to do with them...it's my fault because of my past,” said Alferez.

Before learning his fate, Alferez used words like "leniency", and "rehabilitation" while pleading for a lesser sentence.

"Do I deserve 50 years? No, I don't. I do, however, deserve to be punished because i broke the law,” said Alferez.

Alferez's defense attorney said his client's 50-year sentence is harsh.

"I'm just sorry that we weren't able to do a little better on the sentencing issues. That's a pretty heavy sentence for what he did,” said attorney Michael Gibson.

Gibson claims that prosecutors in this case inflamed Alferez's victims.

"He took upskirt photographs and things like that. The only reason some of those people are all upset is because the government went around and told them,” said Gibson.

Claudia Aguilar said she can only hope that parents can learn from what happened to her daughter.

"Just be cautious of who you trust your children with,” said Aguilar.

In all, 393 of Marco Alferez's students were victimized. In some cases, Alferez taped himself having sex with minors. At this point, it's unknown if Alferez will appeal the sentence.

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Alferez is a sick s.o.b.! Yeah murderers don't get 50 years; they should get that and more, but this guy should also get more then just 50 years, he'll probably only do 10% of that time >:| There is no justice in this world. Anyhow, doubt he will have it easy in prison anyway, guys like these get what's coming to them in prison.

IT'S FEDERAL TIME. MINIMUM TIME HE DOES IS 85%.

Hey jm411...you must not be a parent. This guy deserves more time than that. He's gonna get some more action inside prison. This guy is an predator and an animal. But the roles will be reversed inside the clink. Kepp those eyebrows plucked Mike!!

For Alferez's to ask the students that he violated to forgive him makes me mad that he did not get more time and for him to say that he does not deserve the 50 year sentence that he was given shows that he truly is not sorry for what he did, he is only sorry that he got caught.

50 years is a bit harsh not even murders get that much

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