Ex-mentor at center gets 44 years for sexual abuse

CLEVELAND (AP) — A worker from a now-closed residential treatment center has been sentenced to 44 years in prison for sexually abusing two teenage girls who lived at the northeast Ohio facility where she was a strength coach and mentor.

At a sentencing hearing Monday, the judge called 34-year-old Cassondra Goodson a predator. Goodson is from the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights.

Prosecutors say she began having sex with two girls when the teens were 13 and 15. Goodson pleaded guilty last month to six counts of sexual battery and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Goodson's attorney did not return telephone calls.

The Cleveland diocese's Catholic Charities converted the residential facility for troubled teens into an outpatient center earlier this year.

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