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Ex-Luers coach Matt Lindsay will face no charges

No criminal charges will be filed against former Bishop Luers football coach Matt Lindsay, who was ousted from his job in September after school officials found what was described as "inappropriate" video clips on his computer.

The Allen County Prosecutor's Office released a statement Monday saying that an investigation regarding computers controlled by Lindsay has been completed.

No illegal images were found on Lindsay's work computer and "other items," the statement said.

Lindsay's personal computer, though, could not be located, according to the statement.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced the termination of Lindsay, who had coached at Luers for more than 33 years, after a worker at the high school inadvertently discovered videos the ex-coach had on his work computer.

The diocese never went into detail about what those videos contained. Officials noted the videos did not contain nudity but were "images of concern."

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, whose department performed a forensic examination of electronics belonging to Lindsay, said last year that the videos his detectives had found up until that time were "unusual" but not illegal, having been taken in public places such as malls, or at football games or swim meets.

Monday's statement from the prosecutor's office seemed in line with what Fries said then.

"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.

It was not the first time the ex-coach had been suspected of taking unusual videos, though.

As news of Lindsay's termination swirled into newscasts and headlines, a police report from 2011 surfaced in which the ex-coach had been accused of taking cell phone images of another man's daughter at a private pool.

Pool officials told police at the time they had received several complaints from parents through the years about Lindsay, with claims that he concealed cameras to take pictures or videos of those at the pool. No charges were brought against Lindsay.

According to the diocese at the time of Lindsay's termination, the superintendent of schools and the Luers principal were both aware of complaints about Lindsay taking photographs at a pool off school grounds late in the summer of 2011.

"The school officials talked to several persons involved, and confronted Mr. Lindsay with the complaints and he denied them," the diocese said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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