A former Stanford University sailing coach is set to become the first person to be sentenced in the us college admissions scandal after admitting he agreed to help wealthy parents secure spots for their children at the school in exchange for bribes.
Vandemoer stood to address the judge and apologized to his family, friends, the sailing team and Stanford. He must spend the first six months of the sentence in home detention with electronic monitoring, Massachusetts Judge Rya Zobel said.
This article has been updated to reflect that Vandemoer was fined $10,000 in addition to his prison and home confinement sentence.
Vandemoer is the first person to be sentenced in the case that exposed the lengths that some wealthy parents will go to get their children into the nation's top schools.
But Vandemoer never pocketed any of that money, using it instead to buy boats and gear for the sailing program.
"The fact that, as best I understand it, he was the least culpable of all the coaches certainly says something about what the sentence should be", Zobel said.
"A big part of my coaching philosophy has always been that it's not the mistake that defines you, rather it is what you do afterwards", Vandemoer wrote in a statement.
Reasons: Why did he get a one-day sentence?
Prosecutors had sought more than a year behind bars.
Vandemoer was sacked on March 12, the day he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. Authorities also said photos were doctored to make it look like they belonged in the sport.
"Their actions undermined public confidence in the college admissions system and reflected negatively on Stanford and its hard-working, honest student-athletes, " the university wrote about Vandemoer and Singer's program.
After the student was admitted, Singer gave $500,000 to Vandemoer's program to secure his help for future applicants, prosecutors say.
Vandemoer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering for arranging bribes of $110,000 and $160,000 to the sailing program and then designating two applicants, who had no sailing experience, as sailing recruits, according to his criminal complaint. Stanford has since been expelled that student. The student ended up going to another school.
Prosecutors said that when that student made a decision to attend another school, Vandemoer agreed to use the same recruiting spot for the child of a different client of Singer's in exchange for $500,000. "They (the others charged) took money for themselves". The list includes Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, who is scheduled to be sentenced next week, and former Georgetown University soccer coach Gordon Ernst, who has pleaded not guilty.
The investigation has resulted in charges against 33 parents, including former "Desperate Housewives" star Huffman, who pleaded guilty on May 13, and "Full House" actress Loughlin, who has pleaded not guilty. Of the remaining defendants, actress Felicity Huffman is among those pleading guilty.
Loughlin and Giannulli, who are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, are fighting the charges.