Manuel Paul, 63, of Bonita, pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court to requesting that a contractor provide $3,600 in contributions to three school board candidates in exchange for a possible building contract. All three candidates, supportive of Paul, were elected.
"Thousands of children relied on you for sound judgment," said U.S. Magistrate Judge William Gallo. "Abuse of trust is a mortal sin that is difficult to excuse."
Paul was ordered to report to federal prison in downtown San Diego on Jan. 27. He was among 18 individuals at three school districts in the southern region of San Diego County charged as part of a "pay to play" scheme.
The San Ysidro district has five elementary schools, one middle school and several preschools and 5,500 students.