|For Immediate Release
February 8th, 2002
Ex-Police Officer Sentenced to Eight Years for Child Molestation
SANTA ANA – A former Long Beach police officer was sentenced today to eight years in prison for luring a young boy to his home and then repeatedly molesting him over a four-month period.
Michael McDonald (1-1-40) was convicted of 11 counts of child stealing, sodomy, oral copulation, possession of child pornography and distribution of pornography following a two-week trial in December. Deliberations lasted less than two hours. McDonald was fired from the Long Beach Police Department in the early 1980s after he was charged with molesting four girls. The charges resulted in two different trials that ended with hung juries.
In this case, McDonald met a troubled 14-year-old boy over the Internet and then arranged for the boy to come live with him. McDonald drove to the victim’s home in Northern California in October 2000 and brought the boy to his Costa Mesa apartment. The boy returned home after a few weeks, but again went to live with McDonald for a short time in November 2000 and again in January 2001.
During today’s sentencing, Superior Court Francisco Briseno said he agreed with the Probation Department’s assessment that McDonald has expressed no remorse and continues to be a danger to others, justifying a prison commitment.
“The (victim) was vulnerable given his age and desire to leave (home),” Briseno said. “I felt that the defendant exploited that situation.”
Deputy District Attorney Jana Hoffmann called McDonald “every parent’s worst nightmare” and had nothing but contempt for him. “He acted in a predatory manner by picking up the child at his home and bringing him to Costa Mesa in order to continue his sexual molestation of him.”