Former superintendent of San Diego County school district gets jail in corruption case

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SAN DIEGO — The former superintendent of a San Diego County school district has been sentenced to jail in a corruption case.

U-T San Diego ( ) says Jesus (HAY'-zoos) Gandara was sentenced Friday to more than seven months behind bars, fined and ordered to perform community service.

He'd pleaded guilty to conspiracy and improperly receiving gifts.

Gandara, who now lives in Texas, is former superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District. Prosecutors say he accepted fancy meals, trips and other gifts from contractors seeking district business.

He's among 18 people who pleaded guilty to corruption in Sweetwater, the San Ysidro School District and Southwestern Community College. Most didn't get jail time.

Former San Ysidro Superintendent Manual Paul was sentenced Tuesday to community service.

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