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Thursday, January 30, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Former Stanwood High coach faces drug and sex charges

Times Snohomish County bureau

EVERETT — A former Stanwood High School coach has been charged with smoking crack with two male athletes and propositioning them for sex.

Johnni "J.J." Hanson, 28, was charged Monday with distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 18, delivery of a controlled substance and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, a misdemeanor.

He is to be arraigned in Snohomish County Superior Court on Feb. 10.

Hanson worked at Stanwood High School for the first eight months of the 2001-02 school year before he resigned. While at the high school he was head football coach and also coached wrestling and track and taught civics classes.

Superintendent Jean Schumate would not go into detail about why Hanson resigned, but said it didn't have to do with the allegations.

"I am outraged that this could possibly happen to our students," Schumate said yesterday.

Deputy Prosecutor Janice Albert said that she doesn't believe Hanson is a flight risk and is not asking that he be arrested before his arraignment.

She said charges came this week because her office didn't received the case from police until December. Hanson couldn't be reached for comment, but Albert said that since his resignation from the north Snohomish County school he has moved from Camano Island.

According to charging papers, a member of the football and wrestling teams told police that when he and Hanson drove to a tournament in Wenatchee in February 2002, Hanson pulled out some crack cocaine. They smoked crack on that drive and for several months after, according to charging papers.

Their drug use stopped when Hanson masturbated in front of the teen, who is now 19, charging papers allege.

Another member of the wrestling team told police that Hanson often talked to him about drinking, drugs and homosexuality. When they drove to a tournament in Tacoma, also in February 2002, Hanson again pulled out a crack pipe and they smoked, according to charging documents.

During the next several months, the teen and Hanson did drugs at school and at the teacher's house. Hanson twice asked the teen for oral sex and the student, who is now 17, refused, the charging papers said.

Schumate would not say whether the students remain at Stanwood High.

"We have been in contact with families and with the students and have offered counseling to help them sort though this situation," Schumate said.

Schumate said teachers undergo criminal background checks but are not drug tested before they are hired. Hanson had taught American government classes at Tahoma High School during the 2000-01 school year. He was also the student activities director but didn't coach any sports at the school, said Tahoma School District spokesman Kevin Patterson.

Patterson said Tahoma High was Hanson's first full-time teaching position after he graduated from college. He said district officials never received complaints about Hanson.

In 1992, his senior year at Kentwood High School in Kent, Hanson was second-team all-state in football. He later was a walk-on on the University of Washington football team and played four games at linebacker.

He later transferred to Pacific Lutheran University.

Jennifer Sullivan: 425-783-0604 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com

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