‘A Monster’: California student tells ‘Crime Watch Daily’ of teacher who sexually abused her when she was 10

A victim of a California man convicted of sexually abusing her when she was 10 years old described him as “a monster” during an interview on “Crime Watch Daily.” Steven Carl Howell, a 61-year-old…

'A Monster': California student tells ‘Crime Watch Daily’ of teacher who sexually abused her when she was 10

A victim of a California man convicted of sexually abusing her when she was 10 years old described him as “a monster” during an interview on “Crime Watch Daily.”

Steven Carl Howell, a 61-year-old former English teacher at Franklin High School in South Sacramento, was convicted on five counts of sexually abusing the girl, who identified herself only as “Lili,” during five different incidents between 2010 and 2013. He was sentenced on Dec. 6 to 20 years in prison, with an additional seven years of mandatory sex offender probation, according to CBS.

“I was never really called a victim, but I am now, because for the last three years I’ve been losing my mind — the mind that I used to love and loved to teach the girls,” Lili said in the interview on “Crime Watch Daily.”

The abuse happened after Lili and Howell met at a park to play a game of football and went back to Howell’s home. There, Howell would put his hand down Lili’s shirt, according to trial testimony. Over the course of several months, he would sexually abuse her.

At his sentencing, defense attorneys said that it was all consensual and that the relationship was “all just one big happy romp.”

According to Lili, “there was nothing happy about the relationship” as Howell “was just a monster, just horrible.”

“I mean, you don’t know that until this horrible horrible has happened, just horrible,” she said.

Lili, who kept her tears from the witness stand during Howell’s trial and tearfully described the abuse in the interview, said that she is relieved that the court hearing is now over and Howell is serving time for his crimes. She also asked that the judge issue an order of protection barring Howell from contacting her, which would prevent him from contacting her again.

Howell is the first teacher convicted of a sex crime to be taken into custody as punishment since California law underwent a legal overhaul in 2014, according to prosecutors. The prior law allowed judges to reduce the severity of the crime and sentence a teacher who groped a child below three years in prison.

Lili told “Crime Watch Daily” that her family is also worried about what Howell might do to other victims and to her, telling him to “watch out for me.”

“I will keep fighting and I will tell anybody about this and how horrible he is,” she said.

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