FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP)  — A former teacher at a prestigious private school in northern Virginia has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for molesting five girls in the 1960s and 70s.

Christopher Kloman, who taught at the elite Potomac School in McLean from 1965 until 1994, apologized to the women at his sentencing hearing Friday in Fairfax County. He said he hoped they could find some closure.

The 74-year-old Kloman was charged in November 2012 after a yearlong investigation that began when police received a tip from a former female student of his. The abuse occurred during the years that Kloman was a teacher and administrator at the school.

Later, he taught at schools in Maryland and most recently worked as a substitute teacher.

The investigation began when police received a report in November 2011 from a woman who reported that she was molested by Kloman as a 12-year-old; 43-years earlier. He had been one of her elementary school teachers.

She reported the incident to the Washington Episcopal School, where she ran into him and saw that he was teaching children.

Police arrested Kloman around 1 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012 and transported him to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

The women, who are now adults, detailed their experiences on Friday.

The investigation revealed additional victims; all girls between the ages of 12 and 14 when the alleged offenses occurred between 1968 and 1969. While police believe there may be additional victims, they have no evidence indicating that any of these incidents occurred since the early 1980’s.

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