An 11-time Minnesota state champion high school tennis coach was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 7, nearly a year after the Rice Lake Police Department arrested him in a sex sting operation.

Kevin J. Rust’s 10 year total will comprise of 3 years initial confinement and 7 years extended supervision. 

As part of his supervision, Rust, 60, will not be allowed any contact with females under the age of 18, and may not access online dating platforms.

Rust pleaded guilty in Barron County Court Feb. 27 to two felonies: child enticement and attempted second degree sexual assault of a child.

On the child enticement conviction Rust received 6 years, 3 years initial confinement. He received 10 years with 3 years initial confinement on the attempted sexual assault conviction. The sentences will be served concurrently.

According to the criminal complaint, Rust traveled 2 hours to meet a 15-year-old girl in the Cedar Mall parking lot on June 28, 2018.  He saw what he believed to be law enforcement vehicles and left the area, but was convinced to meet at an apartment building later that night. Records state officers arrested him as he pulled into the parking lot.

During his interrogation, documents state Rust was shown a 34-page report of the text conversation he had with who he thought was a 15-year-old.

Rust was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. In his 28-year career he led boys and girls tennis teams to 11 state championships and four runner-up finishes. He was a boys tennis coach at Benilde-St. Margaret High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, at the time of his arrest. He was terminated shortly thereafter. 

In a Rochester Post-Bulletin article leading up to the enshrinement, Rust was quoted as saying, ‘“One of the things that I miss most about high school coaching was that you could instill values,” Rust said. “I’d always tell our teams that players wouldn’t remember if you beat them or not. What they’d remember was how you treated them.”

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