Former Blackfoot soccer coach sentenced to 15 years

BLACKFOOT — A former Blackfoot High School soccer coach and teacher who admitted to having sexual relations with a player could spend 15 years in prison.

Alisha Yeates of Blackfoot was sentenced Tuesday to one year fixed and 14 years indeterminate jail time for five counts of lewd conduct with a minor, according to KIFI Local News 8.

Seventh District Judge Bruce Pickett also ordered Yeates to register as a sex offender, pay a $1,000 fine, adhere to a 15-year no-contact order with the victim and supervision with children under 18.

Yeates stood by her guilty plea in court Tuesday and expressed sorrow for what she had done. She also told the judge that the treatment she has been receiving over the past year has helped change her life.

According to the victim’s earlier testimony, a sexual relationship with Yeates ensued from September 2011 to May 2013. The victim also said Yeates was her soccer coach for about four years in city leagues and for one season in high school.

The victim has recounted two specific instances of inappropriate sexual relations with Yeates — one at a family member’s apartment in Chubbuck and another in a Pocatello hotel room.

Yeates is also charged with two counts of lewd conduct with another child under 16 in Bannock County. She has a hearing scheduled for those charges Monday, Oct. 17.

After serving the first year of her sentence, Yeates will be eligible for parole each year for the remaining 14 years.