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OMAHA -- An Omaha jury has found a former Sioux City teacher and football coach guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

The Douglas County District Court jury deliberated for about six hours before reaching its Tuesday verdict finding Kyle Ewinger, 39, guilty of first-degree sexual assault on a child. Ewinger's bond was revoked and he was taken into custody. He faces a prison sentence of 20 years to life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for March 28.

Ewinger had sexual contact with a boy under the age of 12 in 2012-13 in Omaha.

Ewinger served as head coach at Sioux City's West High School in 2010-11. He was an elementary school teacher from 2009-12 at Riverside and Crescent Park elementary schools.

He is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a Riverside student in 2010 in a lawsuit filed in Osceola County District Court, where the mother of a Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District student who has accused Ewinger of having sexual contact with him has sued the school district for negligence.

That lawsuit also includes a claim of negligence against the Sioux City Community School District. According to the suit, a student told a therapist in 2010, while Ewinger was a Sioux City district employee, that when he was a 9-year-old student at Riverside Elementary, Ewinger had put a pill in his ice cream. After ingesting the pill, the boy reported having hallucinations while Ewinger would lay with him while he slept.

The lawsuit also includes a claim of negligence against the Mediapolis Community School District in relation to an incident with a student while Ewinger was teaching there.

Ewinger was fired in October 2015 by Sibley-Ochedeyan, where he was the high school football coach and a middle school social studies teacher, when allegations of improper contact with a 10-year-old boy surfaced. According to court documents, Ewinger was found sleeping on an air mattress with the boy inside his classroom on Oct. 3, 2015. School officials later found a bottle of Viagra prescribed to Ewinger and personal lubricant in the classroom.

Ewinger is charged in Osceola County District Court with one count of second-degree sexual abuse. He is accused of having sexual contact with the child the night the boy stayed at school with him. Ewinger has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled for April 10.

The lawsuit filed by the boy's mother against the school districts is scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 23.


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