Christopher Kloman, a former teacher at the Potomac School in McLean who molested at least five girls in the 1960s and 1970s, has been sentenced to 43 years in prison.
The girls, who were 12-14 years old at the time, had attended the school.
Now in their 50s, five of the victims were in the courtroom as Kloman was sentenced, according to multiple news reports.
High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, part of the legal team for he victims, spoke out after the sentencing.
"During that time he used his position of trust and power to sexually molest girls. In one case he even raped a girl," she said, according to WTOP. "His sexual abuse and exploitation of them has left many of them with long-lasting and deep emotional scars."
Kloman had addressed the victims before sentencing, WTOP reported.
"None of you deserved what I did," he said.
Detectives launched a year-long investigation into Kloman after one of those students reported in November 2011 she was molested by the teacher about 43 years ago, when she was a 12-year-old student at the school.
Kloman was one of her elementary school teachers, the woman said. Detectives say she first reported the incident to the Washington Episcopal School, when "she ran into him and saw that he was teaching children."
Detectives say Kloman taught at the Potomac School between 1965 and 1994, before teaching across Maryland. He worked as a substitute teacher there until the investigation began, according to police.