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Court hearing for ex-Kent-Meridian track coach continued again

Ernie Ammons, a former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and track coach charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes, is scheduled to return to court June 28 for a hearing. - Kent Reporter, file photo
Ernie Ammons, a former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and track coach charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes, is scheduled to return to court June 28 for a hearing.
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A former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and track coach charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes had his court hearing continued to June 28.

Ernie Ammons, 36, of Black Diamond, was scheduled for a hearing May 31 at King County Superior Court in Kent. A trial date can be set at hearings or attorneys from either side can ask for more time to prepare the case. Ammons pleaded not guilty to the charge on Dec. 22 and is free on bail.

King County prosecutors charge Ammons sent sexually explicit test messages to a 16-year-old girl at the school. Ammons taught health and physical education at Kent-Meridian. He also coached boys and girls track and cross country at the school.

The Kent School District placed Ammons on paid administrative leave Nov. 8 when the allegations first came to the district's attention. Ammons has been removed from his coaching duties.

The court ordered that Ammons be prohibited from teaching, coaching, volunteering or holding any position of authority over minors while the case is pending.

If convicted as charged, Ammons could be sentenced up to one year in jail and fined $5,000. He also would have to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years because it is a sex offense.

A series of text messages reportedly were exchanged between Ammons and the girl from between last June and November. In an Oct. 13 text message, Ammons asked the girl to meet him for sex in the school's weight room before school, according to charging papers. The two also exchanged messages about Ammons paying the girl cash for sex.

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