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Former volleyball coach charged with sexually assaulting a player

Mark Kosloski was a coach at North Lakes Academy for six years, resigning in February for personal reasons.
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A former assistant volleyball coach in Forest Lake is accused of sexually assaulting one of his players in 2017, when she was 17.

Mark Richard Kosloski, 47, of Wyoming, Minnesota, is charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to the assaults on a North Lakes Academy student at his home during the fall of 2017. 

Kosloski worked as the assistant volleyball coach at North Lakes Academy, a charter school in Forest Lake, from 2017-2018 and as the head boys basketball coach from November 2015 until he resigned on Feb. 2, citing personal reasons, North Lakes Academy Executive Director Cam Stottler told Bring Me The News. Kosloski's resignation came the same day the victim contacted police about the sexual assaults. 

Kosloski did not hold any other roles at the school besides the coaching positions, with Stottler saying he is no longer involved with the school and they're focused on supporting their students and cooperating with law enforcement. 

The charges

According to the criminal complaint, the victim, who is now 20, contacted police on Feb. 2, 2021, about Kosloski, her former volleyball coach, providing a text message chain between them from Jan. 30-31, 2021, in which she pressed him to apologize. 

One of the texts from the victim said, "What you did took a toll. I know at the time it as 'consensual' but I wasn't an adult and that was wrong. I really feel like you took advantage of me when I was in a vulnerable state and I've had a long time to reflect and I really just needed to tell you that. Like it's not right," charges say.

Kosloski didn't deny anything, only responding saying he's "100% devoted to my family," according to the complaint. Later in the conversation, after the victim asked for an apology, Kosloski responded, "I'm sorry for everything I've ever done that hurt you or anyone else. I ask God for forgiveness every day for everything I've done."

Police spoke with the victim, who said the text messages were about what happened in September and December of 2017, when she was 17. 

The victim told police Kosloski helped her and the team train during the summer before the start of her volleyball season, saying he was always "pretty close to her." At one point, Kosloski started training her at his personal gym.

She went there 2-3 times per week and after about a month of her training there, they started having intercourse. This went on until late December 2017, at which point the victim ended things telling Kosloski what they were doing wasn't right, she told police, according to the complaint. 

She described Kosloski as being scared and nervous, saying he could get in a lot of trouble and asking her not to say anything, charges say. 

If convicted, each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine. 

Alleged blackmail plot

Kosloski denies the allegations and his attorney John Barragry told the Star Tribune the victim's friend is blackmailing him, demanding $5,000. 

Barragry sent the paper what he said were screenshots of Facebook messages between the friend and Kosloski in which she gave him directions on how to send the money to her digitally, requiring $2,500 on Feb. 1 and another $2,500 on Feb. 8; Kosloski didn't comply. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to the Wyoming Police Department for comment on these allegations. The Star Tribune reports Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe says they've interviewed the victim's friend and they have no reason to believe the victim is involved in this alleged blackmail plot. 

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