By Brad Segall

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — The former athletic director for the Jenkintown (Montgomery County) School District will spend the next five years on probation, after admitting that he had a sexual affair with a 17-year-old female student.

The victim, now 22, told the court that Mark Citron helped her through a difficult time in her life — her senior year, when she returned to Jenkintown High School after time in an alternative school because of emotional issues.

She said she thought he was a mentor until he began touching her inappropriately.

Prosecutor Jordan Friter wanted jail time, but says the victim can now begin to get some closure.

“She can finally put this chapter behind her,” he said today.  “At the very least the defendant has been exposed as someone who preyed on a student.”

Citron apologized to the victim and her family, telling the judge he was debilitated by a gambling addiction, his marriage was failing, and he was losing his house.

He says he found someone outside his circle to talk to but the emotional relationship got out of hand.

Citron ha also been ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.