76-year-old former Kelso teacher sentenced for trying to meet minor for sex

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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 (http://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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