NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A former Thorp High School coach was sentenced Tuesday to 1.5 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl on his track team.
Scott Bergman, 44, was convicted of felony sexual assault of a student by school staff and felony bail jumping in a plea bargain in which two misdemeanor counts of sex with a child age 16 or older were dismissed as was a second count of bail jumping, according to Clark County online court records.
Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette said Bergman was sentenced to a year in prison on the sexual assault conviction and six months in prison for bail jumping. He was also sentenced to two years of extended supervision and ordered to pay nearly $1,000 in fines and court costs, the prosecutor said.
The bail jumping charge was for having contact with the victim in violation of the conditions of his bail, Boon Brunette said.
The victim did not testify at Tuesday's sentencing, Boon Brunette said. Bergman apologized to the court and to the victim's family, the prosecutor said.
According to court records, investigators found nude and partially nude pictures of the student on Bergman's cell phone and he expressed love for the girl in text messages.
Investigators say the girl's diary described sexual encounters with Bergman. The diary and text messages also indicated they were discussing marriage, court records said.
When questioned, Bergman told investigators he sent messages all the time because he loved all the girls on the track team, court records said.
Bergman volunteered with the boys and girls track teams for five years before being hired as a paid assistant three years ago, authorities said. He was not a teacher in the school.
The maximum punishment for the sexual assault conviction was six years in prison.