BARRON, Wis. — A former Rochester high school tennis coach was sentenced Friday on two felonies in Wisconsin months after his arrest and guilty plea in an underage sex sting.
Kevin J. Rust, 59, of Minnetonka, was sentenced in Barron County Circuit Court in Wisconsin to serve 10 years for attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 16 years of age and six years in prison for enticement of a child.
The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Rust pleaded guilty Feb. 27 in Barron County to charges of child enticement and attempted sexual assault of a child younger than 16 years of age. A charge of use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime was dismissed as part of the plea deal.
He was arrested June 28 in Rice Lake, Wis., in the parking lot of an apartment complex as part of an undercover internet child enticement investigation. Rust was there to meet a 15-year-old girl with whom he had been exchanging text messages for about two weeks. The girl was actually an undercover police officer.
Rust coached boys and girls tennis at Lourdes High School for nearly three decades in the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s. Rust was fired in September from his job as the elite boys tennis coach at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, a private Catholic prep school in St. Louis Park. He also worked previously as a tennis coach at Rochester Athletic Club.