- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A former Georgetown University tennis coach accused of taking $2.7 million in bribes as part of a massive college admissions scheme has made his initial court appearance.

A federal magistrate agreed Tuesday to free Gordon Ernst on $200,000 bond after his arrest on a racketeering conspiracy charge. The 52-year-old Chevy Chase man’s among 50 people charged in the scheme. Court documents allege Ernst was paid more than $2.7 million and designated at least 12 applicants as recruits, facilitating their admission.

Georgetown spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak says Ernst hasn’t coached there since 2017 after an investigation found he violated university admissions rules. The University of Rhode Island says Ernst, who was hired in August, was placed on administrative leave.

Ernst didn’t speak to reporters as he left the courthouse.

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