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Teacher Gets 25 Years in Prison for Traveling to Thailand to Have Sex with Minors

Steven Erik Prowler (Getty Images)
Steven Prowler (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBS/KCAL/AP) Former English teacher Steven Prowler has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for traveling to Thailand to have sex with minors.

The sentence was ordered after prosecutors challenged a previous 10-year sentence, calling it too lenient.

U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall said Friday that Prowler's conduct was particularly "depraved."

The 61-year-old pleaded guilty in February 2007 to federal charges of traveling abroad with the intent to have sex with a minor and to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors in another country.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his first 10-year sentence following a Justice Department appeal.

Prowler was arrested in Bangkok by the Royal Thai Police in 2005.

A search found photos of naked boys and numerous handwritten journals that described his relations with boys in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Mexico over a five-year period.