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Hockey coach pleads guilty

James Armagost, former hockey and softball coach, pleaded guilty to the charge of repeated sexual assault of the same child during a Wednesday hearing in St. Croix County Court.

A second felony charge of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime was dismissed with a plea agreement.

A sentencing hearing has been set for July 29.

The count of repeated sexual assault of the same child (at least three violations of first or felony second-degree sexual assault), which Armagost pleaded guilty to, is a class C felony. The maximum sentence is 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

In the plea agreement, the prosecutors recommended 18 years, with three years of state prison and 15 years extended supervision. Judge Edward Vlack reminded Armagost that he does not necessarily have to follow those stipulations.

With the guilty plea, Armagost will not be allowed to interact with children younger than 16, and will have to register as a sex offender. He forfeits additional rights.

Armagost, 46, Hammond, was arrested as the result of a Nov. 4, 2009 investigation by sheriff's deputies and River Falls police. The complaint alleges that between Feb. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2009 Armagost exchanged e-mail messages with a 15-year-old girl that led to a romantic relationship.

The complaint accused Armagost of kissing and inappropriately touching the teenager a number of times at secluded locations including his car.

The teenager told investigators she knew Armagost because he was her hockey and softball coach.