Former Madison High after-school program staff gets probation for sex crimes against students

A former after-school program staffer at Madison High School in Clairemont was sentenced to a year’s probation on Wednesday after he admitted texting one student with sexual content and groping another, the district attorney’s office said. the city of San Diego.

Stephen Tyler Westcott, 31, must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years as part of his deal to plead guilty to two counts of misdemeanor in the San Diego Superior Court case. If Westcott fails probation or doesn’t register, he faces up to 120 days in jail.

The incidents happened in the spring of 2018 and involved two girls, aged 15 and 17 at the time. Westcott agreed to plead guilty to sending harmful materials with intent to seduce a minor, a charge involving the eldest daughter. He also accepted sexual assault for touching the girl. The sentence was handed down as part of a plea deal reached earlier this year.

Westcott’s defense attorney, Vikas Bajaj, said Wednesday that his client told him his goal was to “make sure no one suffers anymore.”

Bajaj said Westcott told him, “I want to take full responsibility and make sure these girls know I’m really remorseful.”

In a press release announcing the sentencing, the city attorney’s office said Westcott worked for an after-school program called IMIN at Madison High School from the summer of 2017 to June 2018. The office said he had ” healed his two victims over time” to more easily manipulate them.

The office said both girls reported Westcott texting or using social media to talk to them about sex and masturbation. He allegedly sent the elderly victim an obscene photo of himself and asked him to do the same.

According to an affidavit asking for his arrest, the eldest daughter then recorded him on cellphone video in May 2018, masturbating while sitting behind a desk as he supervised students in a classroom.

The girl reported that he followed her to an empty classroom that same month, pulled down her shorts, groped her and touched himself.

Westcott was charged with misdemeanors in 2019. Court closures and delays related to COVID-19 have slowed progress on the case.