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Ex-Fire Captain Sentenced to 6 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case

A former Los Angeles County fire captain accused of sexually abusing a young female relative was sentenced to six years in state prison on Monday.

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Edward John Cervantes, 62, had pleaded no contest on Jan. 8 to one count each of a lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse.

On Monday, he was immediately taken into custody after Commissioner Wade Olson sentenced him to six years in state prison during a hearing in Pomona Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Cervantes may not contact his victim for 10 years, under the judge’s order.

He could have been sentenced to up to 24 years in state prison.

A retired captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and a Whittier resident, Cervantes had been taken into custody in September and then released on $250,000 bail.

A female relative of Cervantes said she was repeatedly molested by him when she was in fifth and sixth grade, from 2003 to 2005, according to prosecutors.

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