A former Bellflower High School girls' track and basketball coach was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison after his conviction for the "continuous sexual abuse" of a teenage girl.
Bryan E. Shepherd, 49, began molesting the girl when she was 13, prosecutors said. The abuse continued for five years.
Judge Peter Espinosa sentenced Shepherd after hearing statements from the victim, her boyfriend and her mother.
In February, Shepherd pleaded no contest to continuous sexual abuse and two felony counts of forcible lewd acts upon a child. The victim was a relative by marriage.