JOPLIN, Mo. — A former Joplin gymnastics coach pleads guilty to child sex crimes.

Kip Johnson, 47, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second degree statutory sodomy. After he is sentenced, another charge of furnishing pornographic material to a minor will be dismissed.

Sentencing in the Jasper County case is scheduled for March 6th. As part of the plea agreement, Johnson acknowledged he could serve up to five years on each count, but could get out of prison within 120 days after completing a sex offender program. Prosecutors charged Johnson in February 2021 after one of his students reported having sex with Johnson at his home during 2018 and 2019. In the plea agreement, Johnson admitted he had sex with the child.

Police said Johnson also exchanged messages with the victim via text and social media asking for sexually explicit images and videos.

Johnson is also charged in Newton County with two counts of statutory sodomy. According to Newton County court records, the child in that case reported to officials that the sexual assaults started when he was 14 years old and continued until he was 16. In an interview at the Joplin Children’s Advocacy Center, the child told officials the sexual assaults happened at Johnson’s house, former gym, an exam room at Johnson’s former employer, and at other locations in the country where they competed in gymnastic competitions.

The next hearing date in Newton County is scheduled for April.