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OC high school Spanish teacher gets 4 years for sex crimes with teenager

High school Spanish teacher, Scott Adrian Peterson
High school Spanish teacher, Scott Adrian Peterson
Orange County district attorney's office

Scott Adrian Peterson was sentenced Friday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to various felony sex crimes involving a 17-year-old female student.

The 50-year-old Spanish teacher met the girl at Orange High School where he taught. The pair would go to Disneyland and other social events, according to the Orange County DA office.

Beginning in April 2010, Peterson took sexually explicit photos of himself with the victim and had regular meetings with the unnamed teen at a motel and in an Orange riverbed near Anaheim Stadium.

When a family member discovered the illegal tryst, the Orange Police Department was called. 

“They pinged his new cell phone and the ping came around the area of the riverbed,” Deputy District Attorney Katherine David told CBS last year. “All of the detectives were driving around there and they just so happened to spot (the victim’s) car.”

Officers watched as the girl left the riverbed. About 15 minutes later Peterson was arrested when he emerged from the riverbed.

Peterson, an Anaheim resident, pleaded guilty to a court offer in August to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, four felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, and two felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor.

Athough the judge sentenced Peterson to four years in jail, due to new California sentencing laws, Peterson will only serve 16 months in jail and the remaining three years under mandatory supervision.