MERCER — A Mercer High School teacher and coach will face sexual assault charges in connection with an incident with a student in Montana.

Mercer Borough police Chief Brad Shrawder said gym teacher and baseball coach Richard J. Adsit Jr. of Mercer was taken into custody Thursday during classes.

Adsit has been charged in Judith Basin County, Montana, with three counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, according to court documents, Shrawder said.

The Mercer chief said the Montana incidents reportedly happened in 2012 while Adsit was working at Geyser High School, in Judith Basin County.

Adsit was arraigned in Sharon’s district court on a fugitive warrant, Shrawder said. 

Melissa has been a news reporter for The Herald since 2013, covering breaking news, northern Mercer County, Sharon City schools and education. She is a 1992 graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.