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Day-care operator gets 3 years in prison for molesting teen

August 23, 2011 | 12:20 pm

The operator of a South Los Angeles day-care center convicted of molesting her 13-year-old godson was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Bork sentenced Chelsea McClelland, 35, to state prison and ordered her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life for the assaults that occurred in December 2010.

McClelland pleaded no contest on Aug. 2 to two felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14. In exchange for her plea, two additional counts of committing a lewd act on a child were dismissed.

Detectives arrested McClelland in December after they found her and the boy, who had just turned 13, having sex in a van parked near the Santa Monica Freeway and La Brea Avenue. Police responded to the location after neighbors reported suspicious activity in the vehicle.

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