Former girls volleyball coach faces Kent court hearing for Lake Meridian Park attempted rape

A former Highline School District teacher and coach faces a Feb. 23 court hearing for a third-degree attempted rape charge in connection with a girl he met at Kent's Lake Meridian Park.

Daniel Gregory Lum-Lung, 34, of Renton, is scheduled for a status conference at King County Superior Court in Kent. The prosecutor and defense attorney in the case will report to the judge to either set a plea hearing or a trial date, according to Ian Goodhew, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Lum-Lung pleaded not guilty to the charge Nov. 28.

Kent Police arrested Lum-Lung on Nov. 15 for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to charging papers filed Nov. 16. He posted bail and was released Nov. 17 from the county jail. Bail was set at $50,000.

Until his arrest, Lum-Lung taught physical education at Cascade Middle School and coached girls volleyball at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, both in the Highline School District. School district officials placed him on administrative leave after the arrest.

Lum-Lung met the 15-year-old girl on a telephone chat line. They agreed to meet at about 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Lake Meridian Park, according to charging papers.

While at the park, Lum-Lung allegedly made several verbal requests of the girl to do certain sexual acts. The girl told him no.

The girl also told police that Lum-Lung asked her to meet him inside the park restroom. She left the park after he entered the restroom. A couple of days later, the girl received an email reportedly from Lum-Lung that referred to "with you in the rain at Lake Meridian." The email sender also asked if she wanted to see him again. They never met again.

The girl and the mother reported the incident to the girl's Kent school and police were contacted.

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