STANFORD, Mont. – A former Mercer teacher and coach awaits sentencing after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a student in Montana.
Richard Adsit Jr., formerly of Mercer, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual intercourse without consent. The jury found him not guilty on two additional counts of sexual assault.
The charges stemmed from incidents that occurred while he was a teacher and basketball coach at Geyser High School in Judith Basin County, Mont.
He was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student between April 19 and May 1, 2012. He was 36 years old when the crimes took place, according to court documents.
The Judith Basin County Sheriff’s Department alleged that Adsit told the victim to “never, ever, ever, ever, ever tell anybody what was going on,” according to court documents.
Adsit began working in Mercer Area School District in 2016 as a health and physical education teacher, and he coached the Mustangs varsity baseball team. Mercer police took him into custody May 24, 2018, on the Montana charges.
At the time of Adsit’s arrest, Mercer’s then-Superintendent Dr. William Gathers said Adsit had passed all of the necessary background checks, and the school board did not find any complaints against him during the hiring process.
Adsit is free on a $2,500 bond, according to Montana court records.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
HERALD Staff Writer Heidi Warren contributed to this report.