A Pleasanton man was sentenced Friday to 16 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a second-grader in his classroom in the late 1990s, during which he was a schoolteacher in Fremont.
Michael Schoop, 65, was charged two years ago with four counts of sodomy of a person under the age of 14. On Feb. 19, the third day of his trial, he pleaded no contest to two counts of sodomy in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The other two counts were dismissed Friday.
Authorities said the incidents for which Schoop was charged occurred in a side room of a portable classroom at the Mission Valley Elementary School in Fremont, where he taught for 25 years and once was named a "distinguished teacher."
The victim's parents attended Schoop's sentencing but did not speak.
The victim, who is now in his early 20s, didn't attend the sentencing "because he didn't want to see Mr. Schoop again," said prosecutor Chris Infante.
"It's been a long struggle" for the victim to deal the the incidents, Infante said. "He's doing much better now."
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffret Horner said Schoop deserved a long sentence because his crimes were "egregious and callous" and the victim was "particularly vulnerable" since he had been sent to Schoop's classroom for additional help.
Horner said Schoop was "in a position of leadership over the victim" and "took advantage of a position of trust.
He added that Schoop poses "a serious danger to society" and the manner of his crimes "involved planning, sophistication and professionalism."
In a related case in federal court, Schoop was sentenced in 2003 to one year in federal prison.
The state and federal cases began when a 45-year-old man told Oakland police that Schoop has molested him for several year, starting in 1967, when the man was about 12 years old.
Schoop was originally charged with four counts of lewd conduct with a child under 14 and one count of forced oral copulation with a minor but those charges were later dropped after the alleged victim recanted his allegations against him.
The only charge that remained against Schoop in that case was the child pornography count to which he pleaded guilty.