Ex-USC soccer coach sentenced in school rip-off

BOSTON — A former College of Southern California soccer coach who took bribes in alternate for serving to unqualified youngsters into the varsity was sentenced Wednesday to 6 months in residence confinement after cooperating with authorities investigating the school admissions scandal.

Prosecutors had not been looking for residence confinement or jail time for Ali Khosroshahin, citing his fast acceptance of accountability and his assist in prosecuting others within the large case.

However U.S. District Choose Indira Talwani in Boston determined that prosecutors’ advice of time served wasn’t sufficient, noting that Khosroshahin dragged his assistant coach into the corrupt scheme, amongst different issues.

Khosroshahin, who was the top girls’s soccer coach from 2007 to 2013, appeared to struggle again tears as he apologized to USC, his former athletes, his household and the deserving college students who missed out on an admissions spot due to his “lies and greed.”

“I wish to thank the federal government for bringing this complete factor to gentle as a result of in the event that they hadn’t, harmless hardworking college students should still be shut out of colleges just because they do not have the cash that others have, and folks like me may nonetheless be facilitating this,” Khosroshahin mentioned.

Khosroshahin is the fifth athletic coach to be sentenced in within the Operation Varsity Blues probe that exposed a scheme to get rich youngsters into prime universities by rigged take a look at scores and bogus athletic credentials.

The longest sentence to this point for the coaches who accepted bribes — eight months in jail — went to Jorge Salcedo, a former males’s soccer coach at UCLA.

That might change Friday, when ex-Georgetown College tennis coach Gordon Ernst is scheduled to be sentenced for pocketing greater than $three million in bribes. Prosecutors are asking for 4 years in jail; Ernst’s attorneys say he deserves a couple of 12 months.

Khosroshahin pleaded responsible in 2019 to serving to the bribery scheme’s mastermind — admissions marketing consultant Rick Singer — conduct “aspect door” offers to get college students admitted as recruits regardless that they weren’t Division I-caliber athletes.

Prosecutors mentioned in court docket paperwork that he initially “expressed reticence” on the concept when approached by Singer, however in the end determined to affix the scheme and pull in his assistant coach, Laura Janke.

The 2 of them “recruited” one or two of Singer’s purchasers to the USC girls’s soccer workforce every year, prosecutors mentioned. The bribes had been made as funds to the USC soccer program or their non-public soccer membership. Janke was sentenced Tuesday to time served.

“You led somebody in a manner that basically turned their life the wrong way up,” Talwani informed Khosroshahin.

Khosroshahin testified on the trial of former Jovan Vavic, the previous USC males’s and girls’s water polo coach who was convicted by jurors in April.

Khosroshahin’s lawyer, Jessica Hedges, informed the choose that as quickly as he was arrested in March 2019 alongside dozens of different coaches and oldsters, he tried to make issues proper. A few month after his arrest, he was already in Boston telling prosecutors every little thing he had completed and even led them to issues they did not know but.

Of the 57 folks charged in reference to the Varsity Blues investigation, 54 had been convicted. One particular person was acquitted by jurors, one other was pardoned by former President Donald Trump, and the third acquired a deferred prosecution settlement that can end in a dismissal of the case so long as he abides by sure circumstances.

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