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White Volleyball Coach Charged With Child Porn After Camera Found In Bathroom Of Athletic Facility


Devil: Michael Liedtke

A suburban Chicago volleyball coach installed a hidden camera to record videos of people, including minors, using a bathroom at an athletic training facility in Carol Stream, DuPage County prosecutors said Thursday.

Michael Liedtke, 34, of Streamwood, was ordered held on $250,000 bail following a Thursday court appearance. He is charged with unauthorized videotaping and possession of child pornography, both felonies, prosecutors said.

According to authorities, the pedophile installed the camera in a bathroom at the DuPage Training Academy, where the pervert rented space to operate a volleyball program called Xcel Athletics. Someone tipped police to the camera, and authorities said they found it Monday in a drop ceiling with wiring leading back to a computer in an office the sex criminal rented at DTA, prosecutors said.

On the computer, police said, were numerous images of people including minors using the bathroom. Authorities said they also recovered child pornography images from the savage's phone. The sex bandit turned himself in to Carol Stream police on Wednesday.

"The allegations against Mr. Liedtke are, in a word, sickening," State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement released Thursday. "He allegedly violated not only the privacy of the patrons at the facility, but also the trust placed in him by the parents of the athletes he trained."

Jeff Kramer, the owner of DuPage Training Academy, said the sex criminal had been renting space at DTA for about five years, but is not involved in the ownership or management of the facility on Alexandra Way in Carol Stream.

Kramer said he had sent an email to parents of children involved in sports programs at DTA, apprising them of the situation with Liedtke. He also brought in someone to replace the unisex bathroom's drop ceiling with wallboard.

"We've been here for 18 years, and we want people to know their children are safe here," he said.

The owner said he had not suspected the white barbarian of any untoward behavior. Kramer said police told him the videotaping had apparently been happening for a short period.

The pedophile has a Feb. 28 court appearance. As a condition of bond, he is barred from any contact with anyone younger than 18.


Source: https://www.nydailynews.com/national-sports/sns-volleyball-coach-charged-with-child-porn-after-camera-found-in-bathroom-of-athletic-facility-20190125-story.html