Corrected: The name of the school where Copithorne formerly taught has been corrected. Louisa regrets the error and thanks the reader for the timely correction.
A wheelchair-bound former teacher at Napa Christian School faces a possible five-year sentence after he was convicted Tuesday of four sex crimes with a girl who was 15 at the time.
Although Mike Copithorne's lawyer told the jury his client was unable to get into the back of his pickup truck where he was accused of having oral sex with the girl, Copithorne was convicted the day after deliberations in his case began, according to the .
The court record states one of the molestations happened when Copithorne picked up the alleged victim from her home and drove to the Lucky’s parking lot in Napa where he touched, kissed and orally copulated her.
The other accusations allegedly took place in a classroom and involved kissing the alleged victim.
During a pretext phone call by the alleged victim to Copithorne, which was recorded by police investigators, Copithorne made incriminating statements to the female victim, court records said.
Copithorne has lived at least 11 years in Napa, according to the court records, is married and has a son.
He is also owns and operates Off the Hook Fly Fishing Travel, Inc. in Napa. A biography on the company's website describes him as a professional athlete who grew up in Northern California.
In 2000, he suffered a snowboarding accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, according to an article in Orvis News.
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