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Former Kent-Meridian teacher, coach faces January trial date on sex charge

Ernie Ammons, a former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and coach, faces a January trial date on a charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. - Kent Reporter, file photo
Ernie Ammons, a former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and coach, faces a January trial date on a charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
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A trial date has been scheduled for Jan. 15 for a former Kent-Meridian High School teacher and track coach charged with communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Ernie Ammons, 37, of Black Diamond, had a court hearing last week at King County Superior Court in Kent to set the trial date, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Ammons pleaded not guilty to the charge in December. He 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 last November when the allegations first came to the district's attention. Ammons resigned from the district in January.

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.

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