EX-CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL COACH GETS 1 YEAR IN JAIL, 5 YEARS PROBATION FOR SEX WITH STUDENT
October 5, 2019
East Bay Times
A former assistant baseball coach at Azusa High School was sentenced to five years probation and a year in county jail for having sex with a 16-year-old student, authorities said on Friday.
The judge, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, also gave Jessica Esparza of La Verne 300 days credit for time served while in custody, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The 29-year-old Esparza pleaded no contest to unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation of a person under 18, Santiago said.
The DA’s Office originally charged Esparza with unlawful sexual intercourse, sodomy of a person under 18, sexual penetration of a person under 18, and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18. She had faced a maximum sentence of five years and eight months if she had been convicted of all of the original charges.
Santiago said the crimes occurred from 2015 and 2017 and started when the victim was 16.
Azusa Unified found out May 3 about an alleged inappropriate relationship between a part-time staff member and a minor who was a student at the time, district officials said, adding that Azusa police were then notified.
Police arrested Esparza on May 6.
Sheriff’s booking records show Esparza remained in custody on Friday at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood and had a projected release date of Oct. 29.
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