Former Mesa Ridge High School volleyball coach accused of having child pornography

March 13, 2014 Updated: March 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm
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A former Mesa Ridge High School volleyball coach is facing child pornography possession charges after he was allegedly caught looking at pornographic images and masturbating while parked in his car at Fort Carson, according to court documents.

Francis Hector Calar, 53, was arrested earlier this week after military police received complaints about a suspicious vehicle parked Monday morning at a public parking lot, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday.

A Fort Carson police officer said he saw Calar masturbating while looking at a laptop that had an image of a girl between 8 and 10 years of age performing a sexual act, the affidavit stated.

When he was ordered to step out of his vehicle, Calar reportedly told the police officer, "Yes, I know you seen what I was doing, and what I was looking at."

Calar, a civilian contractor employed as a technical trainer at Fort Carson, was a varsity volleyball coach at Mesa Ridge High School from April 2011 to December 2013, when he resigned in good standing to pursue an interest in setting up his own volleyball club, said Widefield School District 3 spokeswoman Samantha Briggs.

"We have not received any calls from parents or the community, and we're standing aside to let law enforcement investigate the charges, because it does not involve the district right now," Briggs said Thursday. "If the the need arises, we will fully cooperate with authorities."

During an interview with a Fort Carson Criminal Investigative Division agent, Calar reportedly admitted to having an active interest in child pornography and said that he often parked in the area where he was detained to gain access to an unsecured Wi-Fi connection to search for images.

Calar also told the agent that he became interested in child pornography about six years ago, when his brother was arrested in connection to the sexual assault of a child, according to the affidavit.

Police discovered an external hard drive in Calar's car that contained a large collection of child pornography videos and images he allegedly downloaded from the Internet, the affidavit stated.

"Calar was adamant that his sexual interest in children is purely 'fantasy' and that he would never touch a child inappropriately," the affidavit read. "Calar advised that he is active with children and currently coaches youth volleyball for young girls and youth baseball for young boys."

Calar told investigators that he previously taught children's Sunday school at his church.

Possession of child pornography can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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