Ex-Stanford coach avoids prison time in university admissions scandal

2019-06-13 06:16:02 GMT2019-06-13 14:16:02(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Xinhua) -- A former Stanford University sailing coach involved in a money-for-admission scheme was sentenced to two years of supervised release on Wednesday.

The coach, named John Vandemoer, received hundreds of thousands U.S. dollars in exchange of helping students enter the renowned school. He is the first to be sentenced for a nationwide college admissions scandal, in which prosecutors say wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into the nation's elite universities through inflated test scores and false labeling as athletic recruits.

U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel in Boston sentenced Vandemoer, 41, to one day in prison, which he was deemed to have served.

He will pay a fine of 10,000 U.S. dollars and serve two years of supervised release, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring.

In a statement to the judge before sentencing, Vandemoer offered his apology, saying he's "devastated that the program and the sport would be looked at poorly" because of his actions.