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updated 8:28 PM UTC, Apr 28, 2017

Traveling Coach Has 201 Child Porn Charges Dropped In Shawano

  • Written by Wheeler News
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(Shawano, WI) -- A traveling basketball coach has had 201 felony child pornography charges dropped in Shawano County.

Circuit Judge James Habeck agreed with a defense lawyer who said detectives went beyond the scope of a search warrant when they seized child porn images from Nicholas Bennett's laptop computer. The 24-year-old Bennett is from Portland, Oregon -- and he was arrested for arranging to have sex with a 13-year-old boy while running a basketball camp in Shawano in the fall of 2015 for a company based in Ohio. Sheriff's officials say the boy's mother lent her cell phone to her child for one day -- and when she got it back, she saw sexually explicit messages which indicated that Bennett would meet the teen for sex, and they later arrested Bennett at a hotel where the encounter was reportedly planned. Bennett still faces felony counts of child enticement and using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, and a trial in that case has been moved up to April 27th.

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