Bowling Coach Charged With Child Pornography

The teens discovered the tapes after one of them noticed a television hidden under several pillows and blanket

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    Robert L. Lauesen, 46, allegedly videotaped three teenage students showering

    Get your mind out of the gutter, coach.

    A 46-year-old Lombard bowling coach was arrested this past weekend and charged with child pornography when three teenagers who were camping with him found a videotape of themselves showering, says the Daily Herald.

    The teenagers, whom Lee County sheriff's officials believe are students of the coach, Robert L. Lauesen, discovered the tapes in Lauesen's camper's bedroom. The tapes showed each boy undressing, showering, and getting dressed again, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Dixon Telegraph.

    The teens discovered the tapes after one of them noticed a television hidden under several pillows and blanket. When Lauesen left the camper to go to a local store, the teens investigated further and found the tapes. After calling their parents, the teens took the tape to a security gate, where security personnel called the sheriff's office.

    Lauesen has taught youth baseball with the Lombard Baseball League and bowling in the area for nearly two decades.

    "This caught us by surprise as much as anyone else," said Ross Ludwig, a senior commissioner with the baseball league, to the Daily Herald.

    Ludwig said he didn't believe Lauesen had coached baseball within the last year. But Lauesen has passed mandatory background checks, which the league began eight years ago and requires of managers every year.

    The league includes players between the ages of 6 and 23, and Lauesen used to coach players ages 12 to 16, Ludwig said.

    Besides coaching baseball, Lauesen was recently selected to serve a three-year term as president of the Elgin-based Suburban Windy City USBC. He was removed from that post following his arrest, according to a spokesman. The chapter includes students from state champion Lake Park High School in Roselle, and Suburban Windy City officials said Lauesen had coached bowlers of all ages for about 30 years.