A youth football coach from Tea, S.D., was arrested on one charge of child pornography after he allegedly uploaded a sexual image to a chat room.
Monte Bender, 45, could face 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $20,000 fine, said a spokesperson for the South Dakota Attorney General’s office.
Bender’s arrest stemmed from an Internet tip that came in from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. On June 2, Bender is accused of uploading a sexual image of an 8- to 10-year-old girl to a chat room under the nickname Jim, according to court documents.
NCMEC traced the image to an IP address near Sioux Falls on July 18. The IP address was subscribed to Bender at the same address listed on his driver’s license, documents show.
A search warrant was issued for Bender’s home, during which he allegedly admitted that he uploaded the photo to the chat room by creating a virtual machine on his work-issued laptop, then would delete the virtual machine, virtually wiping away the evidence.
Bender allegedly admitted to doing this several times. His LinkedIn profile indicates that he works as a computer network consultant for SAP America Inc.
Bender has been a coach for South Dakota Junior Football for several years, the organization confirmed. A statewide criminal background search showed a DUI from 1997 and a handful of speeding tickets.