Ex-teacher gets 70 years for molesting male student
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 12:01 a.m.
VIERA — A former Brevard County teacher convicted of molesting a former student has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.
A Brevard County judge also sentenced Daniel Cliatt on Tuesday to a lifetime of probation.
Cliatt, 30, faced up to 260 years in prison after rejecting a plea deal from prosecutors that would have set him free after 34 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in November to 13 counts of sexual battery and child molestation.
At the sentencing, Cliatt apologized to the boy, now 14, and his family.
"I never meant to hurt anybody and I just wish they would find it in their heart to forgive me," he said.
The boy's mother said she could not forgive Cliatt.
"This man has changed my child's life," she said. "I'm angry. I'm hurt. I don't want his apology — I want justice."
Cliatt, a former teacher at Endeavour Elementary School, was arrested in April 2005 after another teacher reported seeing the inappropriate encounter between Cliatt and the male student.
Cliatt told investigators he engaged in sexual relationships with the boy and another student during after-school tutoring sessions. Investigators also found a pornographic videotape in the classroom.
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