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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the trial of a former Parkway West High School wrestling coach accused of having sexual relations with a student.

Jason Lewis, 28, of O’Fallon, Missouri is to stand trial on eleven counts stemming from allegedly having sexual contact with a junior at the school.

Chesterfield police said in January of 2011 that their investigation began after the Parkway School District contacted them to say they had recieved a tip via their 24-hour safety hotline, claiming an athletic coach may have been involved in inappropriate sexual activity with one of their students. Interviews with the female student uncovered the details needed for police and prosecutors to arrest and charge Lewis.

Lewis is accused of having sexual contact with the student over a one or two month period in 2010. The former wrestling coach is charged with three counts of second-degree statutory rape, five counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, and three counts of sexual contact with a student while on public school property.

Shortly after his arrest, school district officials said in a written statement that before Lewis was hired in 2008, a federal police background check was completed which revealed no previous instances of misconduct.

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