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A 20-year-old water polo coach who had sexual relations with a teenage Murrieta girl was sentenced Wednesday to four months in jail and three years felony probation.

Eric Craig Schleuniger pleaded guilty last month to unlawful intercourse with a minor, and in exchange for his admission, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped three related felony charges.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. The judge gave Schleuniger the option of serving his in-custody time on home detention, wearing an ankle bracelet that can track his whereabouts. The defendant is required to start the program no later than July 29.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Mark Reid, detectives initiated an investigation last July based on reports that the defendant, who coached a traveling water polo team that was not identified, had been involved in several sexual encounters with the unnamed victim.

Detectives interviewed both the girl and Schleuniger, who was arrested soon afterward but posted a $20,000 bond and was released from custody.

He had no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions.

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