Amy Emerald

Amy Emerald, 43, a former varsity girls' basketball coach at Sonora High School, walks out of Tuolumne County Superior Court on Tuesday in handcuffs as she's remanded to serve a sentence of two years and eight months in state prison for sexually abusing an underage student-athlete.

A former Sonora High School varsity girls’ basketball coach walked out of the historic Tuolumne County Courthouse on Yaney Avenue in Sonora Tuesday morning with her hands cuffed behind her back.

Amy Emerald, 43, had just been sentenced by Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert to serve two years and eight months in a California state prison for sexually abusing one of her female players.

“It is important to note the defendant did begin inappropriate relations and actions with the victim when the victim was a freshman in high school, 14 years old, and those actions continued all throughout high school,” Seibert said. “This was not a one-time event, but a four-plus-year behavior.”

Emerald accepted a plea bargain on July 31 in which she admitted to a felony count of lewd acts upon a child 15 years of age or older, a felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object upon a child 15 years of age or older, and a misdemeanor count of arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes.

The deal stipulated the two-year, eight-month prison sentence and will require Emerald to register as a sex offender upon her release.

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