Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC TRAINER
CONVICTED OF HAVING UNLAWFUL SEX
WITH MALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
NEWPORT BEACH – A high school athletic trainer was convicted today of having an unlawful sexual relationship for almost one year with a male high school student. Hope Ashley Jacoby, 24, San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty to the court to four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor. Over the objection of the People, she is expected to be sentenced to three years of probation and 30 days Caltrans service at her sentencing on July 29, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. The victim will have an opportunity to make a victim impact statement at the sentencing.
Between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 19, 2008, Jacoby had an unlawful sexual relationship with a male student, whom she met while working as an athletic trainer at Tustin High School. The defendant had unlawful sex with the victim in her car and at her San Juan Capistrano home on several occasions when the victim was between 16 and 17 years old.
Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.