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Teacher convicted of unlawful sexual relationship with student, 17

Scott Peterson booking photoAn Orange County high school Spanish teacher was convicted Monday of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student he would meet at a motel and a riverbed in Orange, Orange County prosecutors said.

Scott Adrian Peterson, 50, pleaded guilty to eight felony counts related to unlawful sexual acts with a minor, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Peterson "groomed" the girl, a student at Orange High School, by spending time with her at social events and at Disneyland. Their unlawful sexual relationship began in April 2010, when Peterson took sexually explicit photos of himself with the girl, prosecutors said. He also sent sexually explicit text messages.

One of the girl's relatives, who had been suspicious of the girl's relationship with Peterson, discovered the messages on the girl's phone, prosecutors said. The family member told the girl's mother, who reported it to authorities.

Prosecutors said Peterson, of Anaheim, is expected to be sentenced to four years and four months in state prison, but the sentence is likely to be split so that he will spend 16 months in jail and will be under mandatory supervision for the remaining time.


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Photo: Scott Adrian Peterson. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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