Sandoval pleads guilty

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STILL ON THE HOT SEAT —  Greg Sandoval still faces sentencing. Though prison is a possibility, a district attorney said he doubted Sandoval would be incarcerated. Kristina Saunders/Staff

STILL ON THE HOT SEAT — Greg Sandoval still faces sentencing. Though prison is a possibility, a district attorney said he doubted Sandoval would be incarcerated.
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Greg Sandoval, former interim president of Southwestern College and a former Sweetwater Union High School District trustee, pleaded guilty to one felony count and one misdemeanor for his role in the South Bay Corruption Case. He was originally indicted on 34 counts, including perjury, filing false instrument, accepting bribes and wrongful influence by public official.

Sandoval accepted gifts for dinners, sporting events tickets and hotel rooms, according to a thick San Diego County District Attorney affidavit.

He appeared in court alongside Jesus Gandara, the former superintendent of the Sweetwater District. Gandara also pleaded guilty to one felony count.

Sandoval was immediately placed on paid administrative leave from his position of vice president of student services at Moreno Valley College. His yearly salary is $151,811.

Sentencing is set for April 28 in Superior Court in Chula Vista. Sandoval could face three years in prison, but a district attorney said that was unlikely.

Sandoval worked at SWC for 32 years before resigning after he was charged with sexual harassment by a female subordinate. He was later cleared of the charges and asked to be reinstated, but the college, led at the time by Raj K. Chopra, refused.
Chopra also pleaded guilty in the corruption case.

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