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A young corporate attorney sentenced to four months in a county jail for having sex with a minor said his high-stress legal career was partially to blame for the crime. The statement from Jason Borrevik, a former associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, appeared in a probation report that was released after his sentencing Wednesday. In addition to the four months, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Andrea Bryan ordered Borrevik to serve three years’ probation, register as a sex offender, avoid volunteer services that involve children and receive blood tests, including an HIV screening. Borrevik must also pay fines and court costs. Borrevik, 32, had pleaded no contest last month to three felonies: having sex with a minor and two counts of distributing harmful matter via the Internet to minors. He said little in the courtroom Wednesday, bowing his head and saying “yes, your honor” when asked if he understood the sentence. Borrevik and his defense attorney, John Williams of San Jose’s Manchester, Williams & Seibert, quickly left the courthouse after the hearing, without commenting. But in a letter to authorities included as part of the probation report, Borrevik said he went astray in part due to the pressures of being viewed as a “golden boy” by his family and working up to 14 hours a day at Wilson Sonsini. “My actions relating to these charges were hurtful and irresponsible, and I deeply regret them,” Borrevik said in the letter, later noting that many people with similar high-stress jobs do not commit crimes. “I think the court took into consideration that he ended this early and that he has no prison record,” said Deputy District Attorney Charles Gillingham, adding that he was satisfied with the resolution. Gillingham said he was primarily concerned with ensuring that the victims could avoid testifying. The case came to light during the summer. Prosecutors said Borrevik paid a 16-year-old girl more than $1,000 for sex and tried to persuade her 17-year-old friend to meet for sex by sending explicit photos and offering money. Borrevik was caught after the 17-year-old talked to police; a female detective posed as the teenager online. Borrevik said in his statement to probation officials that he began to visit chat rooms for diversion while working long hours at Wilson Sonsini. He later met the first victim online. He said he thought the girl was attending junior college and believed he was acting as her “sugar daddy” by paying for sex. The statement said Borrevik has been attending sexual counseling and also seeking marriage counseling, but has been unable to find a new job. He needed to borrow more than $20,000 from his parents for his defense. If he finds gainful employment before he reports for his sentence, Borrevik could possibly serve his time in a work furlough, Gillingham said. Borrevik’s future as an attorney is also in doubt. According to the report, his bar license has been placed on inactive status and may be taken away completely. Complicating this is a February 2002 DUI conviction. Borrevik was disciplined by the State Bar for that incident, according to the probation report. Borrevik is required by law to report his sentence to the State Bar, said the bar’s chief trial counsel, Mike Nisperos Jr. If the felony charge is considered one of moral turpitude, then Borrevik could be disbarred. Arthur Margolis, a Los Angeles attorney who defends lawyers before the State Bar, said it probably would be difficult for Borrevik to maintain his license. “It’s likely they [the Bar] would consider this moral turpitude, so defense would be a problem,” said Margolis, of Margolis & Margolis. “These charges have nothing to do with the practice of law — but the State Bar will likely conclude that [letting Borrevik practice] would look bad, so they’ll seek to protect the bar’s image.” Borrevik also said in the letter to probation officials that he doubted his future as an attorney because of the stigma of the crimes. “In the legal community one’s reputation is everything, and mine has been destroyed because of my actions,” Borrevik wrote.

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