A judge in Los Angeles today sentenced former university professor Michael J. Pepe, 68, to 210 years in prison for molesting underage girls in Cambodia.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer rejected the defense’s position that such a long sentence would be unduly harsh.
“Pepe confined numerous preteen girls in his home,” said Judge Fischer. “The horrors he inflicted on those girls was more than unduly harsh, it was torture.”
In papers filed before today’s hearing, the defense team, headed by veteran attorney Charles C. Brown, argued for a sentence of 25 years,