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UPDATE: Fmr. Track Coach Sentenced for Sexual Relationship with Student

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Tues 4:19 PM, Sept. 17, 2013

A former assistant Thorp track coach convicted of having a relationship with a student will spend 1 1/2 years in prison and two years on extended supervision.

Scott Bergman, 44, appeared in Clark County Court Tuesday. A judge also ordered that he have no contact with girls under the age of 18, he may not attend school functions and cannot be employed by a school district.

Bergman will receive credit for 191 days he has already spent in jail.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 2:30 PM, July 30, 2013

A former assistant Thorp track coach accused of having a relationship with a student in November 2012 has reached a deal with prosecutors and will avoid a jury trial.

Tuesday, in Clark County Court, Scott Bergman, 44, pleaded no contest to bail jumping and no contest to sex assault of student by school staff. As result four charges including, possession of child pornography, bail jumping, and two counts of sex of with a child 16-years or older were dismissed, but read in- meaning they can be considered during his September 17 sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, the relationship between Bergman and the then 17-year-old girl began when he was her coach at the school. Police were contacted by the Thorp District Administrator, who had been told about a possible relationship between Bergman and the student.

A search warrant of Bergman's phone turned up nude and partially-nude pictures of the girl, and intimate text messages between the two.

According to investigating officers, the 17-year old victim's parents knew there was a relationship and did not want to see Bergman prosecuted.

Bergman is a long time family friend and was the victim's track coach for 5 years, according to court documents. The victim admitted in a journal entry that she lied to police when initially questioned. In a copy of her journal obtained by police she wrote, "I completely lied through my teeth, but honestly, if it keeps Scott from going to jail you better freaking believe I'm going to do it."

The two considered getting married in order to avoid any charges.

Bergman remains behind bars on a $20,000 cash bond.


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