Operation Varsity Blues continues, as another parent involved in the college admissions scandal has been given prison time for his crime by the same judge who sentenced Felicity Huffman.
Devin Sloane, a 53-year-old California businessman, is the second parent sentenced for his involvement in the multimillion dollar college admissions fraud scheme. He was sentenced to four months in prison, 500 hours of community service, and ordered to pay a $95,000 fine.
Federal prosecutor Eric Rosen told the court that “prison is necessary here as a great leveler between rich and poor.”
Sloane admitted that he paid $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. He even staged photos.
During court, prosecutor Rosen explained how Sloane bought a Speedo, water polo ball, and swim cap in order to stage pretend photos in the family pool. Those photos were then doctored to gain admission to the university.
While in court on Tuesday, Sloane teared up as he said that he wasn’t going to “offer any excuses or justification” because there was nothing he could say that would justify his behavior. “I want what’s best for my son. I realize now my actions were the antithesis of that.”
However, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani does not believe that Sloane’s actions were really about helping his son. Instead of encouraging his son to work harder, apply to a lesser-known school, or take online classes, Sloane instead decided to bribe his son’s way into an elite college.
Talwani said that the whole ordeal was not about “basic caretaking,” but had more to do with getting his so “into a college that might be called exclusive.” She questions if the parents involved in the scandal are doing it for their children, or if they are instead doing it “for their own status.”
Judge Talwani sentenced Felicity Huffman to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the same college bribery scandal. However, things could have been much worse for the former Desperate Housewives star.
Prosecutors had asked that Huffman be sentenced to a month in prison, claiming that she acted “out of a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness.” They also pointed out that probation or home confinement would not constitute meaningful punishment for someone with a large Hollywood Hills home and “a net worth measured in the tens of millions of dollars.”
Huffman is expected to report to prison on October 25th. She is also expected to complete 250 hours of community service, pay a $30,000 fine, and will serve 12 months of supervised release.