Sentencing for Central East High student liaison, Steffan Alberson was just continued. He pleaded no contest to sex crimes with minors. pic.twitter.com/rLYOUDKLSL— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) February 13, 2018
Tuesday, his defense attorney asked to continue the case for two weeks after a new report revealed a prison sentence would be reasonable.
"The fact that there's more than one victim is really something that the court would consider in aggravation, which would tend to lead to prison time. The fact that this defendant worked at the school, was in a position of trust where students would trust him. He took advantage of that trust," Legal analyst Tony Capozzi said.
No matter the punishment, Alberson will be forced to register as a sex offender. Court documents show he paid one of the victims cash in exchange for sex acts and lured another victim by giving him marijuana. one of the victims told police Alberson gave him "enough money for a down payment on a car."
"The other thing that is important is over what period of time did this take place? Were they only students at the school? Were there other people who were taken advantage of that might have been disadvantaged themselves?," Capozzi explained.
Prosecutors have alleged one of the victim's was known to Alberson from his part time job at a group home. Officers believe the crimes happened throughout a span of four years.
Fresno police say Alberson used social media and eventually text messages as a way to reach out to teenagers that he knew from his jobs. The conversation would lead to arranging places to meet and crimes to occur.
During an interview with sex crimes detectives, Alberson admitted to the crimes and also acknowledged his behavior was inappropriate.
He will be back in court for sentencing at the end of this month.