King's West coach is sentenced

Kelly Kolb, a former King’s West girls basketball coach, was sentenced in Kitsap County Superior Court Monday to 28 months in prison for having sex with one of his teenage players.

Handed down by Judge Anna Laurie, the prison sentence is double the standard range for third-degree rape of child, which is between 12 and 14 months.

The 32-year old was also ordered to pay $1,310 in court fines and fees.

The victim’s family wanted Kolb to be sentenced to five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowable for many reasons, particularly to allow the victim to finish school, go to college, start a career and begin the process of healing.

Although Kolb didn’t get the five years, his sentence is still higher than the standard range because the crime — committed while the girl was 15, less than half of his age — involved multiple incidents and because of violation of trust as the girl’s coach and a friend of her family.

According to court documents, the relationship started in February and continued into March of this year. Between March 8 and March 28, Kolb had sex with the girl at least five times, court papers state. Before that, Kolb had a sexual encounter with her in his hotel room during the state tournament in Spokane last winter.

The victim’s parents learned of the relationship in April, a day before Kolb’s birthday when they observed a text message on their child’s cell phone, stating “Can’t wait until my birthday kiss, love you, Kelly.”

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