A 31-year-old legal case worker pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with a 16-year-old girl and was immediately sentenced to two years in prison.

Morris Leroi Brinker of Corona also pleaded guilty to trying to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime, a felony, according to court records. A felony count of bribing a witness was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Brinker, who worked for a group that provides legal services to abused or neglected foster youths, had sex with the girl June 29, 2017, in a parking lot in Brea, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Brinker has been in custody since his arrest in July of last year, so it was unclear if he was sentenced to time already served awaiting trial.

Brinker was working as a case manager at the time with the Children’s Law Center of California. He was initially put on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced in July of last year and was fired two weeks later, according to Leslie Heimov, executive director of the Children’s Law Center.

“We were shocked to learn of the serious allegations against Mr. Bringer,” Heimov said last year. “He was placed on administrative leave as soon as we became aware of the allegations (on July 3). His employment was terminated on July 21, 2017.”

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