CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A former Sweetwater Union High School District superintendent was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail and 160 days of home detention for his part in a South Bay political corruption scandal.
Former Sweetwater Superintendent Jesus Gandara pleaded guilty in April to a felony conspiracy charge and a misdemeanor count of failing to report gifts.
After the jail time and home detention, Gandara will be placed on unsupervised probation for three years, which he can serve in at his home in Texas.
Gandara, 57, was among 15 people indicted in 2012 in a probe into a “pay for play” culture between contractors and officials from three school districts.
When the case was filed, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis alleged that for years, public officials regularly accepted what amounted to bribes — trips, dinners and tickets — in exchange for their votes on multimillion- dollar construction projects.
Construction company executive Henry Amigable pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for providing gifts to school board members to influence their votes. A number of other defendants — including former Sweetwater school board members Arlie Ricasa, Greg Sandoval and Pearl Quinones — have also pleaded guilty.