DIXON (CBS13) — The victim of a Dixon High School coach watched in a courtroom on Tuesday as he opened up about the inappropriate relationship.
With his attorney by his side, Troy Hensley asked for mercy from the court after taking a plea deal convicting him of having sex with an underage student years ago.
Investigators say his consensual relationship with the then-17-year-old lasted for months before he was caught.
Katie Jacobs is 19 now and opened up to CBS13 about the relationship and her struggles.
“Because of me he finally got what he deserved,” she said.
She admits she was young and naive when she got involved with Hensley—something she says she doesn’t know why it happened.
“I ask myself that all the time of how it happened,” she said. “I think it’s someone who’s really smart at manipulation.”
Following the coach’s arrest, the Yolo County District Attorney offered a plea deal so he could avoid prison time.
Instead, Hensley will spend a year in county jail and four years of probation.
Jacobs’ family rallied around her in the courtroom.
“I’m so proud of my daughter,” Aaron McAlister said. “She was able to stand up and be able to do what she did in court. It took a lot of courage for her to do that.
Hensley was cuffed and quickly escorted past his victim.
“I think after everything my family went through, that was the best thing I’ve seen in two-and-a-half years,” she said. “I hope he never does this to anyone else.”
The judge also told Hensley once he steps out from behind bars, he cannot participate in any coaching with young kids. But part of his plea bargain doesn’t require him to register as a sex offender.
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