Former El Cajon school teacher gets 21 years in prison for sex crimes

A former El Cajon religious school teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting several young women and underage girls was sentenced Monday to more than 21 years in state prison.

Dustin Steven Sniff, 41, was arrested in 2019 and pleaded guilty on August 31 to nine sex crimes.

The case involved six victims, two of whom were students at Christian High School, where Sniff previously worked. San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Boudreau said none of the crimes took place on campus.

Sniff also met other victims through a website called Model Mayhem, the lieutenant said. The site offers to connect models and photographers in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago and London.

The victims were between the ages of 16 and 22 at the time of the crimes, and the criminal complaint says four victims were assaulted between 2007 and 2010, while the crimes against the last two victims occurred between late 2016 and early 2017.

Sniff pleaded guilty on August 31 to nine sex crimes.

During his sentencing hearing, Sniff said in a statement, “Many times in my life I’ve shown people the person I aspired to be, but in reality I wasn’t. J I also lied and manipulated people to get what I wanted.

Regarding the victims, he said, “What I did was entirely my fault and I want to apologize to them and their families.”

Superior Court Judge Daniel Lamborn sentenced Sniff to an expected prison term of 21 years and four months.

Staff reporter David Hernandez contributed to this report.

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