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Talent Scout Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Molesting Aspiring Actress

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A Hollywood talent scout, actor and Japanese language tutor was sentenced to six months in prison for sexually abusing a 16-year-old actress attending his acting and modeling school.Yoshitomo Kaneda, 45, was sentenced on Thursday to jail time after being convicted of six counts of sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times. He also has to register as a sex offender for life.

"We will not tolerate criminals who use the lure of fame and fortune under a cloak of trust to prey upon the innocence of young women," City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement.

Kaneda was convicted of sexual battery, child molestation, penetration with a foreign object, false imprisonment and witness intimidation. He was convicted on those charges related to an incident that happened in February 2012. Kaneda brought the girl to his apartment to teach her Japanese. He then gave her a massage and sexually molested her.

Kaneda admitted to the abuse in an apologetic message on the voicemail of his victim's mother.