Michael C. Wenger, 25, a youth hockey coach in Fort Wayne, IN, was arrested this week for possession and distribution of child pornography.
According to officials with Fort Wayne Youth Hockey, Wenger had been an active coach in the Fort Wayne Youth Hockey leagues for several years, leaving this season to coach the Bishop Dwenger High School’s hockey team.
According to court authorities, the FBIâ€™s Indianapolis Cyber Crime Task Force was investigating computer downloads of child pornography on a peer-to-peer file sharing network. The IP address of the computer downloading the images was linked to a house not belonging to Wenger.Â While watching the house, authorities noticed a dark Pontiac Aztek leaving the house at various times.
Federal agents and local law enforcement officers began watching the house and noticed a dark Pontiac Aztek, registered to Wenger, leaving the house at various times, according to court documents.
Upon executing a search warrant on the home, one of the computers seized belonged to Wenger, on which authorities found approximately 40 videos and 60 still photographs of child sexual abuse.
When questioned, Wenger, told investigators he had been using a peer-to-peer network to share child abuse images for about a year, with approximately 20 friends on the network.