Former Palm Desert teacher admits to sexually abusing children, sentenced to 30 years in prison

A former Palm Desert teacher recently pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. His co-defendant and former roommate still faces charges.

Devin Lujan, 32, pleaded guilty in February to four counts of child cruelty, lewd acts and having sexual intercourse with a child. Prosecutors say he told one girl he would buy her a bike if she didn’t tell anyone he forced a sex act on her, and another child told investigators he touched her inappropriate manner at home. Investigators reported at the time of Lujan’s 2019 arrest that there were believed to be at least four victims.

Lujan was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, City News Service reported.

The second defendant, James McCall Anderson, 36, was due in court Tuesday for a procedural hearing, which was postponed. He faces two felonies and two misdemeanors for distributing material harmful to children. He was released on bail after being arrested in 2019.

They had both volunteered at the George Washington Charter School in Palm Desert, and Lujan was a teacher at a preschool, the Bermuda Dunes Learning Center, according to previous reporting from The Desert Sun.

Prosecutors and investigators have not publicly said that none of the children attended the schools where either man worked or volunteered. One of the victims was a relative of Anderson’s, according to an investigator’s affidavit filed in court.

Christopher Damien covers public safety and the criminal justice system. He can be contacted at [email protected] or follow him at @chris_a_damien.

This article was originally published on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Former Palm Desert teacher admits to sexually abusing children

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