Scott A. Zollinger, who coached and taught math at Lancaster High School, surrendered his Ohio teaching certificate as part of the sentence Tuesday.
Visiting Judge Richard M. Markus convicted and sentenced Zollinger after the former coach accepted a negotiated plea agreement and pleaded guilty last month to two counts of attempted tampering with evidence.
A grand jury indicted Zollinger
on those charges last year.
, 47, admitted having a sexual relationship with a member of the Lady Gales basketball team.
and the girl said she
was an 18-year-old senior when the relationship began in 2008.
Zollinger resigned from the school district in December 2008 after he inadvertently sent an intimate text message meant for the girl to the entire girls team.
Addressing the judge yesterday, Zollinger
said that he
and the girl just got "too close."
The girl submitted a written statement, part of which the judge read aloud: "I am not a victim.
Not one time was there any unwanted advances made by Scott
I pursued Scott
could have received a maximum 18 months in prison for each of the fourth-degree felonies to which he
There was no specific underlying action by Zollinger on which Marx and Zollinger's lawyer, Andrew Stevenson, based the charges of attempted tampering with evidence, the two said.
Markus also sentenced Zollinger
to five years on probation and ordered him to pay $1,375 for the counseling that the girl and her parents received.
violates the probation terms, which include having no contact with the girl until either June 2013 or her
graduation from college, whichever comes first, he
may be sent to prison for 34 months, the judge said.