A former Aragon High School water polo coach who admitted to having a sexual relationship with a player collapsed onto the courtroom floor Wednesday after being sentenced to two years in prison.
Joshua Tatro, 25, of El Granada partly ruined his chances of receiving probation following a statement he reportedly made blaming the student for being equally responsible for the inappropriate relationship.
In January, Tatro pleaded guilty to charges of sexual penetration of a minor and sending pornographic material with the intent to seduce a minor.
On Wednesday, Judge Mark Forcum referred to the statement as “troubling” when handing down the sentence, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Forcum also said the violation of the community’s trust and the impact of the crime on the victim were reasons Tatro should spend time behind bars.
Tatro also will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Wagstaffe said.
The coach was arrested June 1 after a 17-year-old water polo player reported to school officials that Tatro had touched her and sent her pictures of his genitalia. That month, a second player came forward saying Tatro had sent her sexual messages and invited her to sleep over at his home, prosecutors said.