Christopher Kloman sentenced to 43 years behind bars
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) - A former McLean teacher in his 70s accused of molesting students in the late 1960s was sentenced to 43 years behind bars Friday afternoon.
Christopher Kloman had previously pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Circuit Court to four counts of indecent liberties and one count of abduction with intent to defile.
“It wasn’t my intention to be hurtful. I violated their trust," Kloman said Friday. I am embarrassed, horrified, and ashamed of my actions. None of you deserved what I did. I hope and pray you can find peace."
Kloman was a teacher at the Potomac School from 1965 to 1994 and later taught at schools in Maryland.
Police began investigating him when a 55-year-old in 2011 saw him teaching at a local school and reported that he had molested her when she was 12.
Famed attorney Gloria Allred called 74-year-old Christopher Kloman “an unmitigated predator.”
"Over and over again...Kloman admitted he was sexually inapporpriate with girls," she said.
Allred was surrounded by women who were once girls 40 or so years ago, and each of them was afraid to tell anyone they had been molested by the teacher they all call, “the wolf.”
Now approaching middle age, Crickett Beauregard shared her story of being abused for five months.
"The shame of being lured... And I know it's called 'groomed and raped,' raped repeatedly," she said in open court.
And Kloman, who was once their geography teacher, openly wept during her confession.
What Kloman did was reportedly somewhat calculated -- he picked out his victims very carefully and held them against their will. And victim after victim cried as they testified about ski trips and swim parties that soon turned sexual at their teacher’s house.
One victim, who spoke out Friday, said she was devastated by the molestations.
Another said, "He berated, bullied, and intimidated me."
Allred says some girls and parents even reported Kloman decades ago, and Potomac School’s response was simply to send him to counseling.
In August, Kloman entered a guilty plea to four counts of indecent liberties with girls under 14. His children, however, attempted to lessen the sentence.
"He has always put others before himself," they said. "I cannot imagine a better father and grandfather."
But in the end, the judge’s sentence was 43 years.