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O.C. teacher sentenced to four years for illegal sex with student

Scott Peterson booking photoAn Orange County high school teacher was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for meeting up with a 17-year-old student at motels and in a riverbed for illegal sex.

Scott Adrian Peterson, 50, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty 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 a foreign object of a minor.

He was ordered to serve 16 months in jail and the remaining three years under mandatory supervision, according to a statement by the Orange County district attorney's office.

Peterson met the 17-year-old student, identified only as Jane Doe, while teaching Spanish at Orange High School.

Investigators say he groomed the victim by spending time with her outside school at Disneyland and at social events. In April 2010 he began sending explicit photos and texts to the victim.

Peterson regularly met with the teenager at a motel and in an Orange County riverbed to engage in sex acts. The girl's family became suspicious and found sexual text messages on her phone, and notified police.

The teacher was taken into custody as police watched the two emerge from an Orange County riverbed.

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-- Catherine Saillant

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

 
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