Former Avon volleyball coach faces federal charges for child porn

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AVON, Ind. (WISH) — A former volleyball coach in Avon has been charged in federal court related to child pornography.

The United States Attorney’s Office confirmed that 43-year-old Jerry Boucher of Avon has been charged in the case. Boucher faces ten counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Boucher was in court Thursday for an initial hearing.

Investigators said Boucher’s computer in Avon was tracked after allegedly being found to be sharing child porn on the BitTorrent network.

His residence was searched Wednesday. Investigators said computers and storage media containing child porn were found.

Boucher faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Boucher was a children’s volleyball coach. Homeland Security Investigations would like you to call 317-216-0252 if you know anything about this case.

Homeland Security Investigations and Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force worked together on this investigation.

Avon Community School Corporation released this statement regarding Boucher:

Dear Volleyball Parents,

Law enforcement contacted us today about an investigation and anticipated arrest of a former lay Avon High School assistant volleyball coach. This person was not a teacher and has not been employed by Avon Schools since December of 2011. He is being investigated for allegations related to child pornography. We understand the individual is currently employed by Circle City Volleyball Club which is not a part of the Avon Community Schools.

Given that AHS Head Volleyball Coach Scott McQueen is co-owner of the Circle City Volleyball Club, Coach McQueen is now on leave until law enforcement has completed its investigation. He will not attend practice nor interact with the players until we have a chance to learn more about the pending investigation. We want to be clear: we have no evidence or information that Coach McQueen has done anything inappropriate. As principal of Avon High School, my first responsibility is the safety of your children and therefore we will err on the side of caution.

In the interim, Athletic Director Brad Holsinger has assigned the assistant coaches to assume full coaching responsibilities. In addition, the assistant coaches will not be discussing the investigation. We know parents or students may want to talk to someone with the school. Please feel free to contact Mr. Holsinger or me.

Please contact law enforcement for inquiries about the pending investigation.

 Circle City Volleyball also released a statement regarding Boucher:

We are devastated by the recent news. He did coach for our club in the past, but we no longer have a relationship. Our first priority is and always will be the safety of the girls in our club.”

Danville Community High School says Boucher also served as a volunteer assistant coach in its volleyball program. The school system superintendent issued the following statement late Thursday night:

On the evening of August 17th, Danville Community School Corporation (DCSC) was contacted by federal authorities informing us that Mr. Jerry Boucher had been taken into custody on criminal charges. Mr. Boucher is not an employee of Danville Community Schools, but has been working as a volunteer assistant coach in the Danville Community High School volleyball program. We have been informed by federal authorities that the pending charges are not related to the volleyball team, students, or Danville Community High School (DCHS) in general.

Mr. Boucher has been removed from any contact with the volleyball program. DCHS is taking additional steps however, to meet with parents of student-athletes in the program to inform, answer questions, and support our students. DCSC conducts background screenings on all of our volunteer coaches at the time of assignment and the background screen for Mr. Boucher did not indicate any prior criminal record. This is the information that we have at the time. Any questions should be directed to the office of the Superintendent, Dr. Tracey R. Shafer.

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