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In Plea Deal, Eastern Idaho Soccer Coach Admits to Sexual Relations With Minor

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Alisha Yeates, 27, pleaded guilty to one charge of lewd conduct with a minor. - BINGHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Bingham County Sheriff's Office
  • Alisha Yeates, 27, pleaded guilty to one charge of lewd conduct with a minor.


A former eastern Idaho high-school soccer coach charged with having sexual relations with one of her players struck a plea bargain with prosecutors, dropping four counts of lewd conduct in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of lewd conduct with a minor.

When former Blackfoot High School girls' soccer coach Alisha Yeates, 27, was arrested in August 2015 it was learned she had been accused of abuse before. Court documents revealed allegations of abuse dating back to 2011, but the charges had been dismissed and Yeates was hired as a high-school soccer coach in the Bingham County community.

Prosecutors said the most recent charges stemmed from incidents occurring between 2012 and 2014 in both Bannock and Bingham counties. 

Yeates was charged with five counts of lewd conduct in Bingham County and two more counts of lewd conduct in Bannock County, but the Idaho State Journal reports Bannock County prosecutors agreed to drop four of the charges if Yeates pleaded guilty to the remaining charge.

The Journal also reports prosecutors said "once Yeates is sentenced in [Bingham] county, the charges against her in Bannock County will also be dismissed."

A single charge of sexual abuse of a minor in Idaho comes with a possible penalty of up to 25 years behind bars.