Former Duluth Little League Coach Charged with Child Sex Crimes

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A former Duluth little league and basketball coach is facing felony sex crime charges following an investigation that began late last year over suspected child pornography.

47-year-old Peter Jay Olson has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, possession of child pornography, and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

According to the criminal complaint, Olson was working for the Salvation Army in November 2012 when they hired a consultant to investigate him based on suspicion of child pornography.

The complaint states that authorities executed a search warrant at Olson's home and found a thumb drive allegedly containing images of Olson and a young boy nude and engaged in sexual contact.

Olson was interviewed by police and initially denied having any possession of pornographic images or sexual contact with children.

In a later interview, Olson admitted to police that the photographs were taken at his hunting shack.

He also admitted to engaging in oral sex with the victim numerous times between the summer of 2010 and 2011, both at his home and at the Salvation Army.

Olson knew the victim and his family through the Salvation Army and was also the victim's baseball coach.

Bail was set at $400,000.

Olson is expected to be back in court on July 17.

Organizers with the Lake Park Little League issued the following statement:
"Lake Park Little League is both shocked and deeply saddened by today's allegations. We offer our sympathy and support for any victims.

Lake Park Little League places the highest emphasis on player safety, while allowing our players to develop sports and team skills. Committed and dedicated kids, parents,and volunteers take great pride in the long and successful history of Lake Park youth baseball. We will work diligently to continue that tradition.

Mr. Olson resigned from Lake Park on June 6, 2013. No reasons were given. His resignation was accepted. Until the time of Mr. Olson's arrest on June 25th, we were unaware of any allegations against him.

Annual background checks are completed for all coaches using Little League International recommended procedures. No violations have ever been reported through this process in regards to Mr. Olson.

Out of respect for the legal process, and more importantly, out of respect for the families and children who may have directly suffered, the Lake Park Board of Directors has taken the position that all efforts will be made to protect the privacy of any victims involved. The bravery of those who cooperated with law enforcement should be held in the highest regard.

In the interests of justice and of the safety of children everywhere, such cooperation should be encouraged. As a result, no attempts to disseminate information which may identify any minor children involved will be condoned absent the express consent of the families involved.

We as individuals must take responsibility for the fact that the accumulation of rumors and speculation can only add to the pain of the families involved.

In furtherance of those considerations, should the Board receive any media inquiries, Eric Beyer has agreed to act as our public spokesperson on the issue. Communication between the Board and member families shall remain unchanged.

Please respect what the families involved must be going through, and respect the time involved for the legal process to run its course."

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