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Former Montana teacher charged with sexual assault of student

Posted at 6:31 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 20:31:34-04

GREAT FALLS- Richard E. Adsit, Jr., a former teacher and coach at several high schools in Montana, has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student.

Judith Basin County Sheriff Jon Schmitt said in a press release on Thursday that Adsit was arrested in Mercer, a town in western Pennsylvania.

Adsit is currently teaching in the in the Mercer County School District. According to the school district website, Adsit is a health and physical education teacher.

He was charged with three counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. The incidents happened in 2012 while he was working at Geyser High School, according to court documents.

Court documents state: "During the time at issue, Defendant repeatedly ignored the Victim’s statements and actions indicating lack of consent. In late March or early April 2012… Defendant explicitly told the Victim she could ‘never ever, ever, ever, EVER tell anybody what was going on.’ This statement from a teacher and coach to a student and player resulted in the Victim being unable to effectively consent to sexual contact due to the imbalance of power."

The alleged victim was a student and player at the time of the alleged crimes and under the age of 16. Adsit was 36 years old at the time.

According to the sheriff’s office, Adsit worked at the following high schools in Montana: Reed Point, Geyser, Savage and Sidney.

Authorities are working to find out if there are any other potential victims.

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