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Former Thorp coach convicted in sex case


NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A former Thorp High School coach was convicted Tuesday of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl on his track team.

Scott Bergman, 43, pleaded no contest to felony sexual assault of a student by school staff in a plea bargain in which two misdemeanor counts of sex with a child age 16 or older were dismissed, according to Clark County online court records.

Circuit Judge Todd Wolf set Bergman's sentencing for Sept. 17.

The maximum punishment for the conviction is six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to court records, investigators found nude and partially nude pictures of the student on Bergman's cell phone and he expressed love for the girl in text messages.

When questioned, Bergman told investigators he sent messages all the time because he loved all the girls on the track team, court records said.

Investigators say the girl's diary described sexual encounters with Bergman. The diary and text messages also indicated they were discussing marriage, court records said.

Bergman volunteered with the boys and girls track teams for five years before being hired as a paid assistant three years ago, authorities said. He was not a teacher in the school.

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