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Posted on Tue. Feb. 05, 2013 - 12:07 am EDT

Ex-Luers coach won’t face charges for videos, photos

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Allen County Prosecutor’s Statement

The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office has completed its investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal images on computers controlled by Matt Lindsay. A forensic examination was performed on his work computer and other items by the Allen County Police Department. They contained no illegal images. Matthew Lindsay’s personal computer could not be located. Of the items examined, no illegal images were discovered, and none of the images contained nudity or were taken in an area in which there was an expectation of privacy. Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed.

The videos and images were found on the ex-coach’s work computer nearly five months ago, and what they exactly contain has never been made public.

But their discovery led to his termination, opened the door for police detectives to search his home and belongings and allowed rumors and speculation to run rampant.

Monday, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office announced that investigators found nothing illegal on computers and other devices controlled by former Bishop Luers football coach Matt Lindsay.

Therefore, the prepared statement said, no criminal charges will be filed against him.

The statement also noted, though, that Lindsay’s personal computer “could not be located,” meaning it was not subject to a forensic investigation by detectives.

Lindsay, who coached football at Luers in some capacity for 33 years and won nine state championships while leading the Knights, did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

He was abruptly fired from his job as head football coach and the school’s athletic director in September.

At that time, the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese said a Luers employee inadvertently found “inappropriate” videos and images on Lindsay’s work computer Sept. 12.

The diocese did not go into detail about what those videos actually showed.

In a statement following his termination, though, the diocese said that while those videos did not feature any nudity, they did feature students and others who were unaware they were being recorded.

The diocese labeled them “images of concern” and notified the police.

Two weeks later, as detectives with his department pored through what was on Lindsay’s work computer and served a search warrant at his home, Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries described the videos found at that point as “unusual.”

But, the sheriff said, they were all taken at public places such as malls, football games or swim meets.

Monday’s statement from the prosecutor’s office, which said the investigation into Lindsay’s work computer and “other items” was now completed, echoed Fries’ earlier statement.

“Of the items examined, no illegal images were discovered, and none of the images contained nudity or were taken in an area in which there was an expectation of privacy,” the statement read.

The prosecutor’s office did not specify what was searched other than Lindsay’s work computer.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said the videos and images found during the investigation would not be made available to the public.

The diocese also issued a brief statement Monday regarding Lindsay:

“The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend, in conjunction with Bishop Luers High School would like to extend our thanks to the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Allen County Police Department for their professional and diligent handling of this matter.”

Back in September, as news of his termination began to lead nightly newscasts and make daily headlines, past allegations that Lindsay had recorded unusual videos or taken inappropriate pictures came to light.

A Fort Wayne police report from 2011 surfaced detailing an incident at a private pool on the city’s northeast side where the father of a young girl accused Lindsay of snapping photos of her. In the report, the father said he approached the man he saw taking pictures of his daughter as he tried to leave in a vehicle.

The father told police that the man, who turned out to be Lindsay, appeared nervous and his hands shook as he tried to delete photos from his phone.

Officers later spoke with Lindsay. He denied taking pictures and showed them his phone, which had no inappropriate photos on it at the time, according to the report.

In that same report, though, pool officials told officers there had been several allegations in the past about Lindsay taking inappropriate photographs at the pool.

“(A pool official) stated approx. 10 parents have approached her in the past and made allegations against (Lindsay) and that he put a camera in his bag and used it to take pictures of young boys and girls in the locker room,” the report said.

Pool officials also said others accused Lindsay – who always came to the pool alone – of lying in a beach chair around the pool with a camera placed in a bag between his legs. No charges were filed against Lindsay.

When the report made news, though, a diocese spokesman said that both the Bishop Luers principal and diocese superintendent were aware of its existence prior to the videos being found on Lindsay’s computer.

Lindsay’s son, Kyle Lindsay, was named the new head coach of the football team this past month, after serving as interim coach for one game during the season immediately after his father’s firing.

jeffwiehe@jg.net


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