- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

KELSO, Wash. (AP) - A former teacher in Kelso has been sentenced to nine months in jail for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The Daily News reports (https://goo.gl/DEISvY ) Walter Monroe Knowles was caught asking for sex through Facebook from a fictitious 14-year-old girl named Amanda.

The girl was in reality a Cowlitz County deputy who arranged with Knowles to meet at a Starbucks, where he was arrested.

In 1998, Knowles was convicted of first-degree child molestation for having sexual contact with girls in his elementary school classroom.

The 76-year-old apologized in court Tuesday, saying he made a terrible mistake.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.tdn.com

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