Ex-Stanford coach sentenced in college scandal

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Published on June 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:34s

Ex-Stanford coach sentenced in college scandal

A former Stanford University sailing coach avoided prison on Wednesday in the first sentencing to result from the U.S. college admissions scandal after admitting he took bribes to help children of wealthy parents gain admission to the school.

Lisa Bernhard reports.

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Ex-Stanford coach sentenced in college scandal

The first person to be sentenced in the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history has been given… 'a slap on the wrist.'

That's what one prosecutor called punishment doled out to former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer.

Vandemoer avoided jail time - instead getting six months of home confinement and a $10,000 fine.

He's is among 50 people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, charged in March with participating in a vast bribery scheme to get kids of some 33 wealthy parents into elite colleges.

The scam masterminded by California college admissions coach William "Rick" Singer.

Prosecutors had requested Vandemoer - who pled guilty to racketeering conspiracy - receive a 13-month jail term.

But a federal judge in Boston noted that unlike other coaches charged, Vandemoer did not personally pocket any bribes -instead directing all of the money to Stanford's sailing program.

Last month, a tearful Huffman pled guilty to a conspiracy charge related to her payment of $15,000 to have someone secretly correct her daughter's answers on the SAT exam.

Prosecutors have recommended she receive a four-month prison term.

She has not yet been sentenced.

Loughlin and fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli - charged with paying $500,000 to have their two daughters named as recruits to USC's crew team, even though they didn't row - have pled not guilty.

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