Court appearance coming today for ex-Sequim girls coach accused of improper behavior with teen

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– A former Sequim High School volunteer girls basketball coach accused of having a romantic relationship with a 15-year-old player will have his first appearance in Clallam County Superior Court this afternoon.

Jerry Jeff Pedersen, 28, of Sequim faces five counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes for having what court documents say was a “boyfriend and girlfriend” relationship with a player he coached last season.

Investigation by Sequim police allegedly found that the two exchanged nude pictures and sent daily text messages to each other between March 1 and 23.

Pedersen, a 2004 graduate of Sequim High, coached for the team on an unpaid volunteer basis.

He was arrested April 1 and released the next day. County prosecutors filed charges April 10.

He is scheduled to appear during Judge Erik Rohrer’s 1:30 p.m. criminal docket.

The charges are Class C felonies, the least serious type of felony.

Each one carries a maximum sentence of five years and fines of up to $10,000. Pedersen would also be required to register as a sex offender if convicted.

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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at jsmillie@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 01. 2014 7:47PM
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