Sheriff Fries: So Far No Evidence Lindsay Committed Any Crime

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Allen County's Sheriff Ken Fries confirmed Thursday afternoon that his officers are pouring over video clips from the computer of fired Bishop Luers football coach Matt Lindsay.

Sheriff Fries says the video clips from Coach Lindsay's “work issued” computer were turned over to his department by Bishop Luers administrators on Tuesday, and that an officer with expertise in computer forensics has been looking at the clips ever since.

Fries didn't say what you could see in the videos, but as we understand there's no nudity, and nothing that would be classified as child pornography.

Last week, the nine-time state championship coach was placed on administrative leave, then was fired on Sunday, after school officials say they found a large number of what they termed to be inappropriate video clips on his computer, material they deemed to be in violation of the school's ethical standards.

Sheriff Fries says the images in the videos appear to feature people from a wide age range, not only young children, for instance.

They were also recorded, Fries says, in a variety of locations.

When asked if recorded individuals could be recognized he had the following to say:

Allen County Sheriff (R) Ken Fries said, “I would think that 99 percent of the stuff, we don't have any identification of any people. You can't identify any students or anybody in most of the pictures. Photos were taken where there was no expectation of privacy, so, I mean, it's outside, it's every place, so, and thus far we've found nothing criminal."

Sheriff Fries said he couldn't discuss whether action has been taken to try and seize computers from Lindsay's home.

It's not clear what criminal statutes might apply in this case.

Voyeurism requires proof that someone is peeping at someone in a private residence or an area where you could reasonably expect to disrobe, like a shower, locker room or bathroom.

But about a year ago, Indiana added public voyeurism to the criminal code, where it's a misdemeanor if you take pictures of someone's private parts, even in a public setting.

Fries says the investigation into this could be wrapped up as early as Monday.




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