He got the maximum sentence
; the former El Paso teacher who admitted to secretly videotaping hundreds of El Paso students to create his child porn collection learned his fate today in court.
A federal judge sentenced Marco Alferez to 50 years in prison.
Claudia Aguilar said her daughter was 11 or 12 years old, when Marco Alferez videotaped her as she undressed in a fitting room. Aguilar's daughter was among the hundreds of students, victimized by their teacher and his hidden camera.
Both Aguilar and her daughter testified against Alferez in court Thursday afternoon. They also listened to the 35-year-old apologize for his actions, and explain that he himself was sexually abused as a child.
Alferez asked his students for forgiveness, and said he's taking responsibility for what he did.
"This has nothing to do with them...it's my fault because of my past,” said Alferez.
Before learning his fate, Alferez used words like "leniency", and "rehabilitation" while pleading for a lesser sentence.
"Do I deserve 50 years? No, I don't. I do, however, deserve to be punished because i broke the law,” said Alferez.
Alferez's defense attorney said his client's 50-year sentence is harsh.
"I'm just sorry that we weren't able to do a little better on the sentencing issues. That's a pretty heavy sentence for what he did,” said attorney Michael Gibson.
Gibson claims that prosecutors in this case inflamed Alferez's victims.
"He took upskirt photographs and things like that. The only reason some of those people are all upset is because the government went around and told them,” said Gibson.
In all, 393 of Marco Alferez's students were victimized.
In some cases, Alferez taped himself having sex with minors.