EL CAJON – A former administrator of a Barrio Logan charter school was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for sexually molesting a boy he baby-sat over a two-year period.
Dennis Michael McKeown did not make a statement in Superior Court yesterday, but he said in an Oct. 25 letter to probation officials that "not a day goes by that I am not sorry for my actions.""I am filled with disgust and self-loathing as well as shame and humility," he wrote in the letter filed with the court.McKeown, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts of molesting the boy between August 2001 and August 2003. The boy was between 6 and 9 at the time...McKeown is a former principal of King-Chavez Academy of Excellence in Barrio Logan and was chief executive officer of the corporation that runs the school when arrested in July...Prosecutor Kurt Mechals told the judge that although McKeown admitted molesting the boy three times, the boy remembers at least 10 incidents.Defense attorney John Phillips urged the judge to show leniency in part because of the good deeds McKeown did in developing the charter school."Under his leadership, the charter school excelled beyond everyone's imagination," Phillips said...McKeown told probation officials that during the time he molested the boy he was depressed over the breakup of his marriage and was drinking heavily and smoking marijuana, court records state...
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“Molesting boy brings 10-year term.” San Diego Union-Tribune (CA), 12/1/2005