Paul C. Lorenz III, an ex-maintenance worker employed by Lake Shore Christian Academy in Pasadena, Md. was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two young girls and photographing and videotaping the abuse, according to the FBI.
Lorenz will also be paying more than $72,000 in damages to his victims.
Lake Shore Christian Academy is an elementary school serving children in grades K – 5 and enrolling approximately 35 students.
Lorenz pleaded guilty back in Sept. 2012 to charges of sexual abuse, producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.
“Today’s sentence sends a clear message about the priority that we place upon protecting our children from criminals like this,” said U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill.
“Together, along with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute serious offenses such as these and work to pursue the stiffest penalties under the law.”
Authorities first learned about Lorenz’ activities last April, after an Anne Arundel Co., Md. girl told her mother that Lorenz had been abusing her for years. During the time of the abuse, Lorenz was living in a trailer on property owned by the school and its church.
Lorenz would take the girl into his trailer to play video games and then force her into sexual acts which he photographed and videotaped.
A second girl came forward in May, 2012 and told authorities that she too had been sexually abused in Lorenz’ trailer.
Paul Lorenz was arrested in Casselberry, Fla. where he moved, and where authorities found 14,000 images and 1,500 videos of child porn in his home.
The Maryland Gazette reported that parents at Lake Shore Christian Academy were outraged after not being informed about the abuse from school officials. Some families have since removed their children from the school.
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