SATNA ANA -- A former high school athletic trainer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to allegations she had sex with an underage student.
Hope Jacoby, 23, was arrested Dec. 19 and released on $100,000 bail. Jacoby is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male Tustin High School student who was between 16 and 17 years old, said Farrah Emami of the OC District Attorney's Office.
Authorities said Jacoby worked for a company hired by the school to train its athletes in various sports, and that she had submitted a letter of resignation.
Jacoby is charged with eight felony counts: four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, three counts of oral copulation of a minor and one count of distributing pornography to a minor.
She faces up to seven years and eight months in prison, if convicted, Emami said.
Emami alleged the two had sex in the defendant's car and at her San Juan Capistrano home on several occasions between Jan. 1 and Dec. 19 of last year.
The case came to light after a student saw text message images on the student's phone that were believed sent by Jacoby, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said earlier.
If convicted Jacoby could spend nearly eight years in prison.
High School Trainer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex With Boy
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