A former Orange County gymnastic coach will be sentenced later this month after he was found guilty of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say Jason Wayne Scofield, 37, met the girl while working as a coach at Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin. The girl's parents contacted the police after receiving a concerned email from one of the girl's friends. By the time investigators were informed of the relationship, Scofield had joined the Army and was living in Arizona. Investigators got a warrant and went to Arizona to arrest Scofield and bring him back to Orange County.
Scofield pleaded guilty to the felony charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 30, and it is expected that he will serve one year in jail and three years probation. The prosecution also wants the judge to order Scofield to register as a sex offender.
Scofield's relationship with the girl lasted from February to June 2009. They reportedly would meet in his car and at his home.
Having unlawful sex with a person under the age of 18 is considered statutory rape in California, an offense that carries a number of different penalties, including time in jail or prison, large fines, probation, and possibly sex offender registration. Perhaps the even more unsettling than these penalties is the stigma associated with having a sex crimes conviction on your record. If you or a loved one has been accused of statutory rape or another sex crime, it's crucial to speak with an experienced attorney right away. The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry has experience defending people against serious felony crimes, such as statutory rape, and can ensure your case is given the attention and dedication you deserve!