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Former BSM tennis coach was asked to leave last week after being caught trying to solicit sex.

Former BSM tennis coach was asked to leave last week after being caught trying to solicit sex.

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Former BSM tennis coach was asked to leave last week after being caught trying to solicit sex.

Soft Surfaces Ltd, Flickr, Creative Commons

Soft Surfaces Ltd, Flickr, Creative Commons

Former BSM tennis coach was asked to leave last week after being caught trying to solicit sex.

Kayla Farrey and Grace Christenson

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BSM boys’ tennis coach, Kevin Rust, was fired Wednesday morning after the administration discovered Rust had been arrested in late June for attempting to solicit sex from what he believed to be an underage girl. Rust was arrested in Barron County, Wisconsin after he responded to a post, set up by police officers, that claimed to be an underage girl seeking an older man.

Rust was hired by BSM in 2015 to coach the boys’ tennis team until his arrest this summer; he also coached the girls’ team during the 2016-2017 season.

BSM immediately sent out an email to parents after the news reached the school. “We are shocked and saddened by this news. The safety and security of our students remains our top priority and we are giving the situation our utmost attention,” President Adam Ehrmantraut said in the email.

We are shocked and saddened by this news. The safety and security of our students remains our top priority and we are giving the situation our utmost attention”

— President Dr. Ehrmantraut

BSM tennis player alum Michael Hunter (class of 2018) has known Rust since his freshman year. Hunter played for Rust all through high school and was even picked by Rust to be the captain of the boy’s tennis team his senior year. “When I heard the news, I was shook. My friend sent us the link to the first article via Snapchat, which came out in like July but we didn’t notice it until now. It was such a crazy moment—you hear about those undercover stings all the time, but I never expected anyone I had known to do something like that. It just makes you think about how six months ago you were seeing him everyday, and now he’s facing jail time—it still has me shook,” Hunter said.

BSM’s administration is doing what they can to support the student body during this difficult time and is asking students to report anything odd or uncomfortable they may have experienced at the hands of Rust.

Editors’ Note: The writers of this story conducted interviews with three members of the BSM administration and staff, but none were willing to comment on the record at this time. 

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