A former high school volleyball coach from Klamath Falls has pled 'guilty' to charges of sexual abuse for having sex with one of his students.
52 year old Robert Lloyd Thompson entered a change of plea this morning, and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Thompson was arrested by Oregon State Police on July 23rd for having sex with a 17 year old female victim.
Thompson served as volleyball coach for the victim at Mazama High School during the 2011-2012 season. He resigned from the position in May.
Thompson confessed to Judge Roxanne Osborne...
"As the victim's volleyball coach, your honor, I used that position of power and influence to create a sexual relationship."
Thompson will serve 2 years in prison, and submit to 3 years of post-prison supervision as part of a negotiated agreement.
Klamath County Senior Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster says Thompson took the victim to homes that he was working on as a contractor...
"And was using those houses to take the victim to to engage in this activity."
Thompson expressed his remorse to the judge...
"And essentially...have torn two families apart."
Forster notes that the victim was in court at the time of the sentencing...
"We do not have any other victims, we've investigated it thoroughly, and are confident that this was the only victim."
Thompson must register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
Klamath County Schools Superintendent Greg Thede notes that teachers, coaches, and assistants have all undergone additional training to help prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.