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Sentencing hearing held for ex Brophy teacher accused of sex abuse

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It's a case involving sexual abuse dating back five decades and that ex Brophy teacher accused of sexual abuse will soon learn his fate.

A sentencing hearing was held Friday, in an emotional courtroom the victims spoke out for the very first time.

The ex-teacher worked at Brophy since 1967 all the way up until the school fired him in 2011. That's when students who graduated in the 80's came forward telling school officials the teacher abused them.

Police say they then uncovered more stories of sexual abuse dating back into his early years at the school.

Victims now adults for the first time recounting in court how their catholic high school teacher abused them decades earlier.

"44 years-ago I trusted a man and he ripped that away from me ripped that away from me in a single night," said an unidentified victim.

Dan Whitehead the ex Brophy college preparatory teacher was fired in 2011 after the allegations first came to light a letter from one of victims was read out loud

"I was largely silent for more than 20 years and I'm convinced my silence caused other people significant harm," said an unidentified victim.

The victims say the ex baseball coach and math teacher would give them alcohol..show them pornography before making a sexual advance

"As more information come to light I'm aware of other some are in police some are not and this is just my graduating class," said an unidentified victim.

A few feet away from his accusers the now 73 year-old man shaking his head, his supporters asked the judge for clemency in the sentencing hearing.

"This is not the man we have known for at least 45 years," said an unidentified victim.

The prosecution wanting whitehead to answer for alleged sexual abuse dating back in the 1960's.

"I was a boy I was a child I was not a man at that time and he took me and destroyed what I believed in at that time," said an unidentified victim.

Whitehead pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and one count of furnishing harmful items to minors his sentencing hearing will pick up again Monday morning.

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