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February 8, 2008

Coach accused of child porn

Police say KHS coach confessed to hiding cameras in locker room

Kokomo varsity swim coach Brian D. Hindson was arrested on a federal child pornography charge Wednesday, after law enforcement agents say they found evidence linking him to videos secretly taken of girls undressing in a Memorial Gym locker room.

Hindson, 40, Carmel, was arrested without incident Wednesday morning and terminated from his employment with Kokomo-Center Schools the same day, according to statements released today by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and Kokomo-Center Schools.

A search warrant was served late Tuesday on Hindson’s Carmel residence by the Kokomo Police Department, the same day FBI officials notified KPD detectives Hindson could be in possession of child pornography.

Federal officials allege Hindson was found in possession of eight child pornography video files — none, however, related to the alleged locker room tapings — during the Tuesday search of his apartment in the 14600 block of Strauss Drive, Carmel.

Hindson allegedly confessed to hiding cameras in the locker rooms at Kokomo and Westfield high schools. He also admitted to downloading child pornography, according to the federal affidavit filed Thursday in U.S. Southern District Court in Indianapolis.

Kokomo police seized 65 items during that search, including computer hard drives, monitors, CDs, DVDs, camera equipment and Hindson’s passport.

The eight child pornography files, all depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, were found on an external hard drive at Hindson’s residence, the affidavit alleges.

Federal officials filed a complaint against Hindson Thursday, alleging possession of child pornography as a federal offense, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Hindson was scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. Southern District Court at 2 p.m. Thursday. He remained in police custody as of Thursday evening, held without bond.

The search of Hindson’s residence coincided with searches at Kokomo and Westfield high schools.

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