MCKINNEY -- A former hospital employee found guilty of inappropriately touching young patients was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Mohammad Ali, 46, of Plano was sentenced after pleading guilty Friday to seven counts of indecency with a child, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said.

According to investigators, the incidents happened in October, November, and December of 2015. Ali started working as a phlebotomist in the Outpatient Laboratory at the Children's Medical Center of Plano in March 2015. He was later terminated.

“This perpetrator preyed upon young teenaged girls who trusted him to do his job right,” Willis said. “In the end, it was the courage of these very girls that helped us catch him and hold him accountable. He won’t be preying on any more children.”

The first victim reported to officials in December 2015 after Ali inappropriately touched her over her clothing while she was having her blood drawn by Ali in the laboratory.

Five more victims reported similar offenses of inappropriate touching by Ali over their clothes during blood draws. The victims were between 12 and 15 years of age at the time of the incidents.

Some of the victims and their families were present for the plea. Some of them gave statements about how Ali’s abuse impacted them.

Ali was arrested for three counts of indecency with a child in January 2016.

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