Benilde St. Margaret's tennis coach fired after being charged with child sex crimes

The 59-year-old from Minnetonka is facing three charges.
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A tennis coach at Benilde St. Margaret's has been fired after it emerged he had been arrested as part of a child sex investigation in Wisconsin.

The Catholic school in St. Louis Park confirmed in a letter to parents that Kevin Rust, 59, was fired effective immediately the moment the school learned of his arrest and charges.

"We are shocked and saddened by this news," President Adam Ehrmantraut said in an email to parents seen by KSTP.

"We ask that you talk with your student about any interactions they might have had with this individual."

Wisconsin court records show that Rust, of Minnetonka, has been charged with three child sex crimes in Barron County.

These charges include using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, child enticement, and attempted 2nd degree sexual assault of a child.

It follows an undercover internet child enticement sting operation earlier in the summer, which allegedly saw Rust exchange sexual texts with a police officer posing as a child.

They then arranged to meet up on June 28 in Rice Lake, where he was arrested.

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Rust had been the school's tennis coach since 2015, with the Star Tribune reporting he passed a background check and no complaints had been made against him during his time there.

According to school officials, Rust had been the school's tennis coach since 2015. The school confirmed he was in compliance with their background check policy. During his time with Benilde-St. Margaret's, no complaints were made against him.

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