Trial date changed again for ex-coach charged with attempted rape at Kent's Lake Meridian Park

The trial date has been continued again for a former high school volleyball coach charged with third-degree attempted rape in connection with a girl he met at Kent's Lake Meridian Park.

Daniel Gregory Lum-Lung, 35, of Renton, had his trial continued to Jan. 22, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He had been scheduled for trial Dec. 11. Attorneys asked the judge for more time to prepare the case. The trial has been rescheduled four consecutive months.

Lum-Lung, the former Mount Rainier High volleyball coach, pleaded not guilty to the charge in November 2011.

Kent Police arrested Lum-Lung on Nov. 15, 2011 for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to charging papers. He posted bail and was released two days later 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, both in the Highline School District.

Lum-Lung met the 15-year-old girl on a telephone chat line. They agreed to meet at about Oct. 22, 2011 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 her mother reported the incident to the girl's Kent school and police were contacted.

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